Clock-drawing in neurological disorders

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Abstract

Clock-drawing is a widely used bedside test of constructional ability, but it has never been systematically studied or standardized. We examined 87 clocks drawn by neurologically impaired patients and age-matched controls, and propose a set of criteria for scoring clocks. Patients with probable Alzheimer's disease and other dementias have gross impairments in clock-drawing. These deficits include poor spatial arrangement of numbers, incorrect numerical sequence, insertion of stray lines, and addition of extra numbers. In Alzheimer's disease, the total score on the clock-drawing test correlates with the score on the Modified “Mini-Mental State” Examination. Non-demented patients with Parkinson's disease showed only defects in the spatial organization of the numbers, and non-demented patients with other diseases perform as well as controls.

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Dal Pan, G., Stern, Y., Sano, M., & Mayeux, R. (1989). Clock-drawing in neurological disorders. Behavioural Neurology, 2(1), 39–48. https://doi.org/10.3233/BEN-1989-2104

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