Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition (Burns Inventory)

Planned for speech-language pathologists, the Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition determines the cognitive or communicative skills that are damaged in patients with neurological injury. This instrument focus on the three inventories – Right hemisphere, Left Hemisphere, and Complex Neuropathology – in order to evaluate which skills are damaged and which are necessary for intervention.

Approximately 30 minutes is required for completion of each inventory. Each inventory is separated into domains and then separated into 5-item “task sets” which the clinician uses a profile grid to respond.

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Martha S. Burns, 1997

Reliability and Validity

The Psychometric characteristic are addressed the manual for the Burns Brief Inventory of Communication. Scores of 0.74 to 0.97 shows a high internal reliability.  Over 2 day and 7 day intervals, the test-retest reliabilities where all below 0.70, moderate to poor scores.  The Inter-rater reliability also was reported as moderate for three task sets.  The test manual provided insufficient information to support validity.  Minimal evidence for concurrent validity showed doubt in using only one inventory, instead of three, to evaluate the patient.   Correlations with other communication and cognition did not score high enough to support validity.

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Burns, M.S. (1997). Burns brief inventory of communication and cognition. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Assessments.

Mesulam, M. (1985). Patterns in behavioral neuroanatony: Association areas, the limbic system, and hemispheric specialization. In M. Mesulam (Ed.), Principles of behavioral neurology (pp. 1-70). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Review of the Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition by Joan C. Ballard. State University of New York College at Geneseo.

Review of the Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition by Richard I. Frederick. U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, MO.