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Self administered cognitive screening test (TYM) for detection of Alzheimer’s disease: cross sectional study

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 10 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2030

If the patient is illiterate?

Dear sir,

I read the interesting article of Brown et al. and other rapid responses.

I want to ask about the effect of educational level of patients on the
test. In my country illiteracy is common especially in the elderly
group and I think this is a problem of many countries. Authors mentioned
about disabled people or patients with hearing loss or eye problems but if a
patient is illiterate which category of help should be assigned? With my

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03 July 2009
Nazan Karaoglu
Assistant professor, MD
Medical Education and Informatics Department, Meram Medical Faculty, 42080,Konya,