Routine test batteries for cognitive impairment in older people may not be cost effectiveBMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6330 (Published 04 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6330
- Michael Marks, core medical trainee1
- 1St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK
Young and colleagues provide guidance on assessing cognitive impairment in older people, including the use of a battery of tests to establish the underlying cause.1 The value of such exhaustive test batteries, however, is not well validated.
Brodaty tested consecutive patients attending a memory disorders clinic.2 No patient had “significant relevant abnormalities” …