Pre-deployment Cognitive Testing
Pre-deployment Cognitive Testing: All service members are required to complete cognitive assessment 12 months prior to all deployments (Twille et al. 2012). Assessments of attention, memory, decision-making abilities, concentration, reaction time, and processing speed are typically completed (Sørensen et al. 2016). These tests establish an individual baseline in the event a service member is injured. When a service member is injured, post-deployment scores are compared to pre-deployment tests scores or population normative data to inform treatment decision-making (Thompson and Gottesman 2008).
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