Technological advances enabling remote assessment of cognition in individuals of all ages has been developed over the past two decades. Following the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, use of remote cognitive assessment in both research and clinical practice expanded rapidly, often at a pace that eclipsed our ability to evaluate the feasibility, reliability, and validity of measures and methods, as well as to identify and address issues impacting equity and inclusion.
This workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary group of clinician-scientists and patient advocates from academic, regulatory, and pharmaceutical groups to discuss gaps, needs, and opportunities in remote assessment of cognition. Our aim is to facilitate collaboration and communication among researchers who develop and validate remote assessment measures and those who seek to utilize them for clinical research with people living with neurological conditions and intellectual disabilities.
For more information, check out the workshop webpage.
Post Event Summary
The NIH workshop entitled, “Remote Neuropsychological Assessments in Research: Present and Future Needs” was held virtually on Nov. 2-3, 2023 via Zoom. Remote assessment of cognition was discussed as being well-established, innovative, and able to provide essential information about cognitive health in a wide range of populations. Remote measures were considered to be new tools, even when adapted from traditional ones. Remote assessments were thought to be inseparable from the technology used to acquire and utilize them. Many opportunities for research with remote assessments were discussed at the workshop. Examples include improved analysis of interindividual and intraindividual variability; potentially easier, cheaper, and faster assessments than in-person assessments; improved precision medicine; and increased diversity, inclusion, and equity in neuropsychological assessments. Barriers to each of these opportunities also were discussed. A more detailed summary is forthcoming.