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The president’s cognitive health: winning with the MoCA

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 02 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k424
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli, neurology registrar
  1. Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK
  1. vkcpersonal{at}

After several calls from high profile psychiatrists with concerns about Trump’s mental health, what does the MoCA tell us about his cognitive health?

Donald Trump recently made the headlines for taking the Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA) screening test (, as part of his annual medical examination.1 It originally wasn’t included in the US president’s assessment, but his physician, Ronny Jackson, says: “The reason we did the cognitive assessment is plain and simple—because the president asked me to do it. He said ‘Is there a test or some type of screen that we can do to assess my cognitive ability?’”2

“I looked at a variety. We picked one that was a little bit more involved. It was longer. It was the more difficult one of all of them. It took significantly longer to complete.”2

It comes after several high profile psychiatrists expressed concerns about Trump’s mental …

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