Project Sponsor(s): Molly Horstman, MD, MS
Project Title: Reliability of Cognitive Screening Tests in Hospitalized Older Adults
Project Description: Cognitive screening tests are commonly used during inpatient admission to assess patients’ cognitive status. However, these tests were developed to be used in outpatient or community settings with medically stable adults. Hospitalized older adults often experience transient cognitive and physical limitations from their acute medical illness that may impact the accuracy of cognitive screening tests in the hospital. Little is known regarding the reliability of cognitive screening tests in hospitalized adults and how well the screening tests reflect true cognitive impairment.
The objectives of this project are:
- To complete a systematic review of the literature to examine the current use and performance of cognitive screening tests for older adults admitted to the acute care medical service.
- To design a research study to test the reliability of cognitive screening tests in the inpatient setting.
Institution and Location: Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, McGovern Building
Eligibility for international students?: No
Expectations of student:
- The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress.
- Conduct a systematic review of the literature using multiple sources
- Review and synthesize data from the literature review
- Assess literature for bias
- Assist in writing drafts for abstracts and manuscripts related to the work
- Assist in designing a research study to test the reliability of cognitive screening tests in the inpatient setting
Prerequisite training: None
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain:
- Gain experience in completing a systematic review of the literature for publication
- Develop skills in determining bias in published literature
- Gain experience in scientific writing and research reporting
- Develop knowledge in study design and gain experience developing a data analysis plan