Telepsychiatry for Neurocognitive Testing in Older Rural Latino Adults

Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Jul;23(7):666-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2014.08.006. Epub 2014 Aug 20.


As the population of older Latinos in the U.S. increases, availability of culturally adapted geriatric psychiatry services is becoming a growing concern. This issue is exacerbated for rural Latino populations. In this study, we assessed whether neurocognitive assessment via telepsychiatry (TP) using a Spanish-language battery would be comparable to in-person (IP) testing using the same battery in a sample of Spanish-speaking older adults in a rural setting. Patients (N = 22) received IP and TP testing 2 weeks apart. The order of IP and TP test administrations in individual subjects was determined randomly. Comparison of scores indicated that there were no significant differences between IP and TP test performance though both groups scored non-significantly higher at the second visit. This study demonstrates feasibility and utility of neurocognitive testing in Spanish using TP among older rural Latinos.

Keywords: Latino; cognition; neurocognitive testing; rural; telemedicine; telepsychiatry.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cognition*
  • Female
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Rural Population
  • Telemedicine / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States