Preparing for a neurocognitive exam
Your appointment can last from two to five hours, depending on the questions asked by your doctor and the nature of the tests required as determined by the neuropsychologist. To be prepared for a visit of this length:
- Dress in comfortable clothes and get a good night's rest before your appointment.
- Take any medicine as you normally do each day.
- Bring any necessary medicines with you, so you will be able to take them at the normal times.
- Bring glasses for reading and hearing aids if you normally wear them.
- Meals and snacks are available in our deli and cafeteria, but feel free to bring these with you if you feel you might get hungry during the day.
- Be sure to eat any meals before your scheduled appointment.
- If you have a family member or friend who is familiar with your condition or current problems, please bring them with you. They may be able to provide valuable information while you meet with the doctor to discuss your condition or current problems.
- For minors, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor for the appointment.
During the testing, your family member or friends will be asked to leave the exam room. This is so that you will not be distracted during testing. Your full concentration is very important to your performance.
To ensure as many people as possible are allowed appointments, it is very important that patients inform the clinic if they are unable to keep their scheduled appointment. It is also very important to check with your insurance carrier about coverage. Contact your insurance provider and ask if your policy covers neurocognitive/neuropsychological testing. If the insurance company requires a referral, you will need to contact the referring doctor and have him or her send this form to your insurance company.