A web-based normative data tool for assessing cognitive performance in healthy older Australians

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Journal Article


Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd.


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Medical Sciences / Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Research and Care




McBride, S., Szoeke, C., Good, N., Ames, D., Martins, R. N., Masters, C., Maruff, P., Rowe, C., Savage, G., & Ellis, K. (2011). A web-based normative data tool for assessing cognitive performance in healthy older Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(4), S12-S14. Available here


A decline in cognition greater than expected with ageing and accompanied by subjective cognitive concerns or functional changes may be indicative of a dementing disorder. • The capacity to correctly identify cognitive decline relies on comparisons with normative data from a suitably matched healthy reference group with relatively homogeneous demographic features. • Formal assessment of cognition is usually performed by specialist neuropsychologists trained in administration and interpretation of psychometric tests. With a scarcity of normative data from large cohorts of older adults, Australian neuropsychologists commonly use representative data from small international studies. • Data from 727 healthy older Australians participating in the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) Flagship Study of Ageing have been used to create a normative dataset. • A web-based calculator was developed to simplify the timeconsuming process of comparing cognitive performance MJA 2011; 194: S12–S14 scores with these representative data.

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