Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 3 - 2021
Standardization of Test Your Memory (TYM) Cognitive Assessment Test in Primary Care Subjects Regarding Their Overall Mental Health Status
Aglaia Roganaki1*, Theofanis Vorvolakos2, Elpida Sokou3, Theodoros Konstadinidis4 and Maria Samakouri2
1General Practitioner Mousaki Primary Care Centre Greece
2Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Democritus University of Thrace Greece
3General Practitioner Trainee General Hospital of Komotini Greece
4Professor of Hygiene Democritus University of Thrace Greece
*Corresponding Author: Aglaia Roganaki, General Practitioner Mousaki Primary Care Centre Greece.
Received: January 11, 2021; Published: February 25, 2021


Background: Early detection of dementia is proven to be cost effective. Uses of suitable screening tools in primary care can increase dementia detection.

Objective: Creation of an effective algorithm in detecting dementia cases in primary care

Method: 320 participants aged 18-90 attending primary care settings. 200 of them participated in standardization of Test Your Memory instrument (TYM). 120 participated in assessing TYM’s ability to discriminate between functional and organic causes of cognitive decline.

TYM was translated and adapted to Greek and was administered in 200 participants along with the Mini Mental State Examination. Patients that scored below the cut of point of 25 in MMSE were assessed by an old age psychiatrists out of them 30 were diagnosed with dementia. These were the sample for assessing TYMs face validity. TYM was scored by different raters in order to test its reliability. The other 120 participants were assessed with TYM as well as Geriatric Depression Scale, Short Anxiety Screening Test, WHO (Five) Well-Being Index.

Results:  TYM was quite, reliable; (interaters reliability 0,989), in cut of point 39/40 had sensitivity 71%, specificity 70% and negative predictive value of 86%. For subjects above this cut off point TYMs score for depressed patients, patients with increased stress or low quality of life did not differ statistically from the rest of the sample.                                                                

Conclusion: TYM in its current form is a reliable and useful screening tool for early detection of dementia in primary care

Keywords: Test Your Memory; Primary Care; Greece; Depression; Well-being; Stress


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Citation: Aglaia Roganaki., et al. “Standardization of Test Your Memory (TYM) Cognitive Assessment Test in Primary Care Subjects Regarding Their Overall Mental Health Status”. EC Paediatrics 10.3 (2021): 04-13.

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