Abstract: Introduction: Studies show Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at increased risk of dementia. Whilst there have been several studies evaluating the use of telehealth for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, and studies validating telehealth dementia screening tools for the wider community, none have addressed the pressing need for culturally appropriate telehealth dementia screening for this at-risk population. The aim of the study was to examine the utility of using a culturally appropriate dementia screening tool (KICA-screen) in a telehealth setting. Methods: A prospective field trial was used to compare administration of the short version of the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA-screen) face-to-face and via telehealth. A total of 33 medically stable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inpatients/outpatients participated. The stability of the KICA-screen scores, administered face-to-face and via telehealth, for each participant was measured. Results: The two test delivery methods showed not only good correlation (Pearson’s r = 0.851; p < 0.01) but good agreement (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.85; p < 0.01). Discussion: Results of the assessment showed that KICA-screen can be reliably administered via videoconference and resulted in comparable scores to face-to-face testing in the majority of cases. The telehealth process was acceptable to participants, who were able to understand the process and complete the full screen via telehealth conditions.
Russell, Sarah, Quigley, Rachel, Strivens, Edward, Miller, Gavin, Norrie, Joan, Craig, Denise, Jordan, Jane, Muller, Reinhold, 2019, Validation of the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment short form (KICA-screen) for telehealth, Journal Article, viewed 30 March 2020, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=15304.