The Rey 15-item memory test for malingering: a meta-analysis

Brain Inj. 2005 Jul;19(7):539-43. doi: 10.1080/02699050400005242.


Background: The Rey 15-Item Memory Test (RMT) is frequently used to detect malingering. Many objections to the test have been raised. Nevertheless, the test is still widely used.

Objective: To provide a meta-analysis of the available studies using the RMT and provide an overall assessment of the sensitivity and specificity of the test, based on the cumulative data.

Results: The results show that, excluding patients with mental retardation, the RMT has a low sensitivity but an excellent specificity.

Conclusions: These results provide the basis for the ongoing use of the test, given that it is acceptable to miss some cases of malingering with such a screening test, but one does not want to have many false positives.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Injuries / diagnosis
  • Brain Injuries / psychology
  • Humans
  • Malingering / diagnosis*
  • Memory Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity