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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 113-116

The trail making test in India


Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi - 110 001, India

Correspondence Address:
Smita N Deshpande
Room No.16, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Park Street, New Delhi - 110 001
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.33258

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The trail making test (TMT) is a short and convenient estimate of cognitive functions, principally attention and working memory. Like most neuropsychological tests, it is derived from and primarily applicable to English-speaking individuals. Norms for other ethnic minorities may differ significantly. The application of majority or mixed norms to specific ethnic subcultures may introduce systematic bias. To examine the impact of an English test on primarily nonEnglish-speaking individuals, outpatients attending the dermatology department of a large Indian hospital ( n = 120) were asked to complete the English version of the TMT. The time taken to complete the TRAILS was unexpectedly long, although all the subjects scored within normal limits on the modified mini mental status examination and a test for general knowledge. Possible reasons for the delayed completion times are discussed below.



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