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Type: Published Manuscript
Title: Assessing neuropsychological performance in a migrant farm working colonia in Baja California, Mexico: A feasibility study.
Authors: Bousman CA, Salgado H, Hendrix T, Fraga M, Cherner M
Year: 2011
Publication: Journal of Immigrant And Minority Health / Center for Minority Public Health
Volume: 13 Issue: 4 Pages: 742-747
Abstract:Neuropsychological impairments (NPI) can lead to difficulties in daily functioning and ultimately contribute to poor health outcomes. However, evidence for the feasibility of NPI assessment in resource-limited settings using tests developed in high literacy/high education cultures is sparse. The main objectives were to: (1) determine the feasibility and appropriateness of conducting neuropsychological assessments among a migrant farm worker population in Baja California, Mexico and (2) preliminary describe neuropsychological test performance in this unique population. A neuropsychological test battery was administered to 21 presumably healthy adults (8 men, 13 women) during a two-day international health services and research collaboration. All but one neuropsychological test (i.e. figure learning) was feasible and appropriate to administer to the study population. Contrary to expectations, participants performed better on verbal rather than nonverbal neuropsychological tests. Results support inclusion of neuropsychological tests into future studies among migrant farm worker populations in Baja California, Mexico.

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