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Neuropsychology

What is a neuropsychology assessment?
A neuropsychology assessment examines a patient's cognitive (i.e. thinking skills), emotional and behavioural functioning through a detailed interview and standardised tests. Psychologists play a crucial role in helping doctors diagnose and monitor how a disease is progressing. 

Through the neuropsychology assessment, psychologists can identify your profile of strengths and difficulties, and help you adjust and adapt to possible challenges in your day-to-day living.       

What can I expect at my appointment?
Your psychologist will ask you questions about yourself and your current difficulties.  You will complete tests and questionnaires that evaluate your cognitive abilities and mood.  On some tasks, you may be asked to write or draw, while for other tasks, you may be asked to listen and answer questions.  You will be given instructions before any task. Your psychologist will check your understanding of the tasks before beginning. 
Your appointment will last between 2 to 3 hours.  Short breaks (e.g., toilet break) are provided if required. Sometimes, a second appointment is necessary. Your psychologist will let you know if this is needed.

How do I prepare for my appointment?

  • Bring along your reading glasses and hearing aid (if any).
  • Ask a family member or close friend who knows you well to attend the appointment with you, if possible.
  • Set aside enough time in your day (between 2 to 3 hours) for the appointment so there is no rush.
  • Be punctual for your appointment.
  • Have a good night's sleep.
  • Have a meal/small snack before the appointment as the assessment can take quite long. Doing so may help you focus better during the session. 

Who can come with me to my appointment?
You may wish to bring along a family member or close friend who knows you well.  With your permission, your psychologist may see you and your family member together, or speak with your family member/ friend alone to find out more about your difficulties.  During testing, your family member may sit in the waiting area.

What happens after my appointment?
Your psychologist will prepare a report for your doctor.  This report will outline how you performed and include some recommendations that your doctor can share with you at your next appointment.
If you prefer to discuss your report with your psychologist directly, let your psychologist and/or doctor know so we can arrange a feedback session. During the feedback session, you can ask questions and talk about your concerns.

Who gets the results of my assessment?
Your results are confidential. The only people who can rightfully access your hospital notes are your doctors and your treating team.