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A Review of Virtual Week for Prospective Memory Assessment: Clinical Implications

  • Peter G. Rendell (a1) and Julie D. Henry (a2)

Abstract

It is now recognised that prospective memory (PM) failures are commonly observed in clinical groups, and have important implications for functional independence. However, well-validated measures of PM have traditionally been lacking, making this construct difficult to assess in clinical practice. Rendell and Craik's (2000) Virtual Week measure was developed as an indicator of PM, and has been shown to have good psychometric properties and be sensitive to the effects of normal and abnormal adult ageing, as well as various forms of pathology. In this article, an overview of Virtual Week's characteristics is presented, and the literature relating to use of this measure in various populations reviewed. The potential implications of the development of a new computerised version of Virtual Week for clinical practice are discussed.

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*Address for correspondence: Peter Rendell, Australian Catholic University, Locked Bag 4115, Fitzroy Vic 3065, Australia.

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A Review of Virtual Week for Prospective Memory Assessment: Clinical Implications

  • Peter G. Rendell (a1) and Julie D. Henry (a2)

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