These assessments evaluate changes in cognition, mood, and behaviour that impact an individual’s ability to complete their daily tasks. These changes could be due to a neurological disorder (e.g. epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disorder (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia), an acquired brain injury (e.g. due to a fall, motor vehicle collision, stroke), general medical conditions (e.g. cancer, diabetes, sleep apnea), medication side effects, changes in mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, pain), or situational factors. Results of these assessments can be used to clarify diagnosis and the cause of observed changes, provide recommendations for appropriate treatment, and evaluate change over time.
This assessment includes an interview with the neuropsychologist, and completion of tests designed to assess cognitive and emotional health. The length of the assessment will depend on the reason for the assessment and what questions the assessment aims to answer. The assessment might also include review of medical and other records, collateral interview with the individual’s friends and family, and communication of the assessment results with the referral source including a neuropsychological assessment report.