Sometimes patients take a “baseline” neuropsych test (a test before they have a head injury), and then they take neuropsych test following a concussion. The results of the post-injury test are compared to the baseline test, and any changes are documented.
Patients who haven’t taken a baseline neuropsych exam are tested after they have a concussion. The results are compared to similar patients’ baseline tests, and are examined for the concussion’s negative impacts. Doctors then use their conclusions to determine special school plans, such as giving the patient quiet spaces to work and eat, or more test taking time.
Neuropsych test results will not determine the patients’ medications and aren’t used in isolation — the testing is just one component of the patient’s entire clinical picture.