Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA)—Psychometric Properties of a New Field-Deployable Neurocognitive Assessment Tool
Authors: Lathan, Corinna; Spira, James L.; Bleiberg, Joseph; Vice, Jack; Tsao, Jack W.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 178, Number 4, April 2013 , pp. 365-371(7)
The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA) is a new neurocognitive assessment tool that includes a library of standardized cognitive and psychological assessments, with three versions that range from a brief 5-minute screen to a 45-minute complete assessment. DANA is written using the Android open-source operating system and is suitable for multiple mobile platforms. This article presents testing of DANA by 224 active duty U.S. service members in five operationally relevant environments (desert, jungle, mountain, arctic, and shipboard). DANA was found to be a reliable instrument and compared favorably to other computer-based neurocognitive assessments. Implications for using DANA in far-forward military settings are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: April 2013
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