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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.

Original publication




Journal article


Mov Disord

Publication Date





593 - 596


Mini-Mental State Examination, Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Parkinson's disease, equating, Aged, Cohort Studies, Humans, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Parkinson Disease, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychometrics