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Mental Status Testing

Ian McDowell

in Measuring Health

Third edition

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195165678
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165678.003.0008
Mental Status Testing

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Population aging has highlighted the importance of disorders of cognition such as Alzheimer's disease. This chapter outlines a range of approaches to assessing cognitive ability and reviews thirteen brief assessment scales, mainly intended for use with elderly people. These include screening instruments and longer bedside assessments, but do not include neuropsychological assessment instruments for which formal qualifications are required for their administration and interpretation.

Keywords: measurement; cognitive ability; Alzheimer's disease; assessment scales; elderly; screening instruments; neuropsychological assessment instruments

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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