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The proposed pilot further emphasizes the need for collecting language and demographic specific norms for Spanish-speaking Latino individuals in the U.S. by developing new normative test data for this demographic population. The study looks to contribute to minimize healthcare disparities and inaccurate test interpretations, which can have direct implications on diagnosis and treatment. This study will allow us to develop new neuropsychological test norms for predominantly Spanish-speaking adults by establishing expected cognitive performance on a battery of frequently used neuropsychological tests. As such, the current study will help fill a large gap in the literature pertaining to neuropsychological assessment of Spanish-Speakers living in the U.S., as well as produce data of clinical utility for providers working with this population. Finally, this pilot could serve as a model to eventually extend it to other non-English speaking populations in the US.


Clinical Trial Description

Hispanics/Latinos are now recognized as the largest and fastest growing ethnic/racial minority group in the United States (U.S.). By 2017, the Hispanic/Latino population reached nearly 60 million comprising 18% of the total U.S. population. Current projections indicate that Hispanic/Latinos will reach almost 111 million, making up 28% of the total U.S. population by 2060. Clinical neuropsychologists must be equipped with the right tools to accurately serve the rapidly growing Hispanic/Latino population in the US. Findings from normative data studies in foreign countries emphasize the need for developing language and demographic specific norms for Spanish-speaking Hispanics in the US. This is particularly relevant given recent literature indicating that factors such as ethnicity, language, quality of education, degree of acculturation, and bilingualism can have a profound impact on neuropsychological test performance. Within participants that self-identify as primarily Spanish-speaking, language performance has been positively associated with greater Spanish vs. English language dominance and completing education outside the U.S., whereas other cognitive abilities have a negative association with the same variables. The proposed pilot further emphasizes the need for collecting language and demographic specific norms for Spanish-speaking Latino individuals in the U.S. by developing new normative test data for this demographic population. The study looks to contribute to minimize healthcare disparities and inaccurate test interpretations, which can have direct implications on diagnosis and treatment. This study will allow us to develop new neuropsychological test norms for predominantly Spanish-speaking adults by establishing expected cognitive performance on a battery of frequently used neuropsychological tests. As such, the current study will help fill a large gap in the literature pertaining to neuropsychological assessment of Spanish-Speakers living in the U.S., as well as produce data of clinical utility for providers working with this population. Finally, this pilot could serve as a model to eventually extend it to other non-English speaking populations in the US. ;


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NCT number NCT05185635
Study type Interventional
Source Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
Contact Cori Conner, MA
Phone 3173292224
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 1, 2022
Completion date August 1, 2022

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