Agreement between telehealth and face-to-face assessment of intellectual ability in children with specific learning disorder

Marie Antoinette Hodge, Rebecca Sutherland, Kelly Jeng, Gillian Bale, Paige Batta, Aine Cambridge, Jeanette Detheridge, Suzi Drevensek, Lynda Edwards, Margaret Everett, Kalaichelvi Ganesalingam, Philippa Geier, Carol Kass, Susannah Mathieson, Michael McCabe, Kay Micallef, Kirsty Molomby, Natalie Ong, Silvia Pfeiffer, Sylvia PopeFrancine Tait, Marcia Williamsz, Lynne Young-Dwarte, Natalie Silove

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Abstract

Introduction: Access to cognitive assessments for children living remotely is limited. Telehealth represents a potential cost- and time-effective solution. A pilot study was conducted to determine the feasibility of telehealth to assess cognitive function in children with learning difficulties. Methods: Thirty-three children (median age = 9 years 11 months), recruited from the New South Wales (NSW) Centre for Effective Reading, underwent assessment of intellectual ability. Comparisons were made between the intellectual ability index scores obtained by a psychologist sitting face-to-face with the children and another psychologist via telehealth using a web-based platform, Coviu. Results: The telehealth administration method yielded comparable results to the face-to-face method. Correlation analyses showed high associations between the testing methodologies on the intellectual ability indices (correlation coefficient range = 0.981–0.997). Discussion: Findings indicate that telehealth may be an alternative to face-to-face cognitive assessment. Future work in a broader range of cognitive tests and wider range of clinical populations is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-437
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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