DVBIC July Webinar: Determining Symptom Credibility in Neuropsychological Testing
By Diana Moon, DCoE Public Affairs on July 10, 2013
Navy Lt. Dennis White, a psychiatrist with the Regimental Combat Team 7 Observational Stress Control and Readiness Team, discusses a Traumatic Brain Injury pie chart with Petty Officer 3rd Class Allan Lee, a corpsman with the RCT-7 OSCAR Team. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye)
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) will host its next webinar, “Assessment of Effort and Validity in Neuropsychological Testing: The Importance of Determining Symptom Credibility” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT) July 17.
One of the challenges that health care providers face when treating someone with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is determining the credibility of the patient’s symptoms. A service member with mild TBI who exaggerates symptoms, whether intentional or not, makes it difficult for a provider to determine if a patient is credible, and may cause the provider to reconcile differences in clinical standards, overcome disagreements between clinicians and deal with a potentially unpleasant interaction with the patient.
This webinar’s goal is to educate health care providers about the standard of practice for symptom validity testing. Speakers will demonstrate the importance of a data-driven approach to assess the credibility of symptoms and discuss case examples from a concussion care clinic and from other specialties (neurology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy) to show these principles in practice.
Participants can expect to learn to:
- Understand significance of evaluating patient symptom credibility
- Recognize value of a data-driven, scientific approach to assess credibility of symptom reports
- Learn standard of care to assess credibility, especially in neuropsychological evaluations
- Identify key words or sections to include in a neuropsychological evaluation regarding assessment of effort and symptom credibility
- Observe principles in practice in a military treatment facility
- Wesley R. Cole, Ph.D., DVBIC senior scientific director
Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C., Department of Brain Injury Medicine neuropsychologist
- Robert Stegman, Ph.D.
Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C., Department of Brain Injury Medicine clinical neuropsychologist
All participants are encouraged to join the webinar via Adobe Connect.
Registration for continuing education credits concludes July 14 at 11:59 p.m. For additional information on credits and to register for this free webinar, visit the DVBIC website.
Read about all webinars in the DVBIC series and online TBI education opportunities for providers.
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