Dial "T" for testing: Technological flexibility in neuropsychological assessment

Telemed J E Health. 2006 Jun;12(3):317-23. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2006.12.317.


Computer-automated neuropsychological testing can be conducted over the telephone via interactive voice response (IVR) technology by adapting cognitive measures traditionally administered by a clinician or in paper-and-pencil formats. By utilizing automated telephone interviews in neuropsychological research, time and money can be saved, and patients can be assessed remotely. This paper reviews the use of IVR to assess neuropsychological functioning in six studies that examined alcohol impairment of mental and physical functioning, cognitive and psychomotor recovery after surgery, and impairment resulting from central nervous system disease. Future directions for expanding application of cognitive performance assessment via IVR are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholic Beverages / adverse effects*
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Postoperative Complications / physiopathology*
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*