Validation of conversion between mini-mental state examination and montreal cognitive assessment.
Lawton M., Kasten M., May MT., Mollenhauer B., Schaumburg M., Liepelt-Scarfone I., Maetzler W., Vollstedt E-J., Hu MTM., Berg D., Ben-Shlomo Y.
INTRODUCTION: Harmonizing data across cohorts is important for validating findings or combining data in meta-analyses. We replicate and validate a previous conversion of MoCA to MMSE in PD. METHODS: We used five studies with 1,161 PD individuals and 2,091 observations measured with both the MoCA and MMSE. We compared a previously published conversion table using equipercentile equating with log-linear smoothing to our internally derived scores. RESULTS: Both conversions found good agreement within and across the studies when comparing true and converted MMSE (mean difference: 0.05; standard deviation: 1.84; median difference: 0; interquartile range: -1 to 1, using internal conversion). CONCLUSIONS: These results show that one can get a reliable and valid conversion between two commonly used measures of cognition in PD studies. These approaches need to be applied to other scales and domains to enable large-scale collaborative analyses across multiple PD cohorts.