Acceptability and usability of computerized cognitive assessment among Australian Indigenous residents of the Torres Strait Islands

Fintan Thompson*, Lucette A. Cysique, Linton R. Harriss, Sean Taylor, Greg Savage, Paul Maruff, Robyn McDermott

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    Objectives: This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the acceptability and usability of the Cogstate Brief Battery (CBB) in a community-based sample of Australian Indigenous people from the Torres Strait region, based on a user experience framework of human-computer interaction. Methods: Two-hundred community participants completed the four subtests of the CBB on an iPad platform, during a free adult health check on two islands in the region, between October and December 2016. Acceptability was defined as completing the learning trial of a task and usability as continuing a task through to completion, determined by examiner acumen and internal Cogstate completion and integrity criteria. These were combined into a single dichotomous completion measure for logistic regression analyses. Performance - measured as reaction times and accuracy of responses - was analyzed using linear regression analyses. Results: CBB completion ranged from 82.0% to 91.5% across the four tasks and the odds of completing decreased with age. After adjusting for age, iPad/tablet familiarity increased the odds of completion for all tasks while level of education and employment increased the odds for some tasks only. These variables accounted for 18.0%-23.8% of the variance in reaction times on speeded tasks. Age and education had the most effect, although semipartial correlations were modest. Conclusions: When administered in a health-screening context, the acceptability and usability of the CBB were greatest in young- to middle-aged participants with some education and iPad/tablet experience. Older and more vulnerable participants may have benefited from additional time and practice on the CBB prior to administration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1288-1302
    Number of pages15
    JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


    • neuropsychology
    • epidemiology
    • Indigenous health


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