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The Utility of the Test of Memory Malingering in Patients with Dementia
The Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) is one of the most well studied and frequently used symptom validity tests. However, few investigations have been conducted concerning its applicability in a dementia population. From these studies, conflicting data has emerged and its utility is unclear. The purpose of the present evaluation was to elucidate the role of the TOMM in evaluations of patients with dementia. The files of 21 patients diagnosed with dementia using the DSM-IV-TR criteria referred for neuropsychological evaluation were examined. Neurocognitive data included the Wechsler Test of Adult Reading (WTAR), the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) and the TOMM. The combined sample IQ was within the average range (WTAR predicted mean FSIQ=104.24, SD=13.67). The sample demonstrated overall mild impairment as assessed by the RBANS Total Index Score (mean=78.29, SD=17.920). TOMM performance was as follows: Trial 1 (mean=43.90, SD=7.20), Trial 2 (mean=47.57, SD=5.52), and Retention Trial (mean=31.50, SD=12.02). All trials of the TOMM correlated significantly with the RBANS Total Index (T1 r=0.72, T2 r=0.68, Retention r=1.00). Overall, results suggest that in individuals with more advanced dementia, the TOMM is likely not an appropriate measure of effort using the traditional cutoff of 45.