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THE BATCH: A STRUCTURED COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR INPATIENT/RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS

Developed in concert with occupational therapist Kathryn Miller at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, the BATCH is an observational tool for individuals who may not be able to tolerate or readily undergo formal cognitive testing (due to agitation, language difficulties, or severe mental illness).

Suitable for inpatient psychiatric, aged psychiatry or nursing home settings, the BATCH allows for the rating of an individual's instrumental function to determine their degree of cognitive impairment. In its original study, it was undertaken by nursing staff with an occupational therapist, and is scored by consensus agreement.
VALIDATION OF THE BATCH

In our original validation paper, we showed that the BATCH correlated strongly with cognition as measured by the NUCOG, and a linear regression analysis showed that the greatest determinant of BATCH scores was performance on the NUCOG. It showed a strong capacity to differentiate demented from non-demented patients, and demonstrated that careful behavioural observation can provide a useful proxy of cognitive functioning.

Miller et al. Validity and reliability of the Behavioural Assessment Tool for Cognition and Higher Function (BATCH) in neuropsychiatric patients. Aust NZ J Psychiatry 41: 697-704, 2007.
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Graph showing the strong correlation between BATCH and NUCOG scores.
DOWNLOADING THE BATCH

The BATCH is freely available for download. Download the BATCH here. The BATCH is in a two-page, PDF format and can be printed out for use.
THOUGHTS ON RESEARCH USING THE BATCH?

If you have any specific thoughts on using the BATCH in research or other clinical settings,, please contact A/Prof Mark Walterfang or Prof Dennis Velakoulis. We're always keen to support other ideas for clinical research using the CogRisk or other cognitive tools.