Limitations of the Oral Trail Making Test in a Mixed Sample of Older Individuals

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Abstract

The utility of the Oral Trail Making Test (OTMT), a motor and visual-free alternative to the traditional Trail Making Test, was examined in 86 older (≥60 years old) medical inpatients and 30 healthy controls. The OTMT-Part B evidenced a moderate correlation with the MMSE, and individuals with medical conditions that affect cognition displayed a high failure rate (more than five errors or 300 + s). Moderate education effects were present for the OTMT-Part B. Thus, the current study suggests caution when employing this test and the above noted cutoffs with older medical patients or those with lower levels of education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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