A feasibility study of conducting the Montreal Cognitive Assessment remotely in individuals with movement disorders

Health Informatics J. 2016 Jun;22(2):304-11. doi: 10.1177/1460458214556373. Epub 2014 Nov 11.


Remote assessments of individuals with a neurological disease via telemedicine have the potential to reduce some of the burdens associated with clinical care and research participation. We aim to evaluate the feasibility of conducting the Montreal Cognitive Assessment remotely in individuals with movement disorders. A pilot study derived from two telemedicine trials was conducted. In total, 17 individuals with movement disorders (8 with Parkinson disease and 9 with Huntington disease) had Montreal Cognitive Assessment examinations evaluated in-person and remotely via web-based video conferencing to primarily determine feasibility and potential barriers in its remote administration. Administering the Montreal Cognitive Assessment remotely in a sample of movement disorder patients with mild cognitive impairment is feasible, with only minor common complications associated with technology, including delayed sound and corrupted imaging for participants with low connection speeds. The Montreal Cognitive Assessment has the potential to be used in remote assessments of patients and research participants with movement disorders.

Keywords: Montreal Cognitive Assessment; feasibility; remote; telemedicine; validity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement Disorders* / therapy
  • Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Videoconferencing