Detecting dementia in lust 12 minutes: the seven minute screen

V. W. Henderson
May 2004
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;May2004, Vol. 75 Issue 5, p666
Academic Journal
The 11 item mini-mental state examination (MMSE) was devised as a brief yet "thorough" and "practical" assessment of the cognitive mental status. It is often used to screen for dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease and to grade dementia severity. From humble origins three decades ago, the MMSE has become the benchmark against which other cognitive instruments are routinely compared. Performance characteristics of the 7MS would certainly be reduced in the complex, messy world inhabited by most clinicians. Target populations often include people using psychoactive drugs and patients with depression.


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