Diagnostic test accuracy of remote, multidomain cognitive assessment (telephone and video call) for dementia

Award Number
Evidence Synthesis Programme
Status / Stage
1 February 2021 -
1 April 2022
Duration (calculated)
01 years 02 months
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Contracted Centre
Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group
Principal Investigator
Dr Jenny McCleery
WHO Catergories
Development of clinical assessment of cognition and function
Disease Type
Dementia (Unspecified)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID101
ResearcherReside Team


Award NumberNIHR133272
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20210201
End Date20220401
Duration (calculated) 01 years 02 months
Funder/Grant study pageNIHR
Contracted CentreCochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group
Funding Amount£5,000.00

Plain English Summary

As a result of social distancing and other Covid-19 restrictions, dementia assessments have moved from in-person to remote testing. In the NHS, various modalities are being used including telephone, video-call and self-complete testing. However, with no guidance on the best approach there is substantial variation in practice. Cognitive assessment is integral to diagnosis, follow-up and research and so the change to remote testing potentially affects tens of thousands of people across the UK. The need for an evidence base to guide clinical practice in remote testing has been recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatry and NIHR. Our group have been approached by the European Academy of Neurology to provide a review to inform proposed guidelines on remote dementia assessment. Through our links with Alzheimer’s Society we have also learned that remote testing is a major concern for people living with dementia. From initial scoping we have identified sufficient studies to allow meta-analyses at the individual test level. If data allow, we will work with NIHR CRSU to create a network that compares accuracy across tests. We have an experienced team working on these reviews, with expertise in test accuracy analyses, strong links with NIHR CRSU and lay representation.