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Dementia: brief cognitive assessments often misclassify condition

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 29 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5047
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Dementia is often misclassified when using brief cognitive assessments, which can delay access to treatment and support, say researchers. These tests are widely used in primary care settings to evaluate thinking and memory skills.

The study, published in the journal Neurology,1 evaluated three tests: the Mini-Mental State Examination, which looks at orientation regarding time and place and the ability to remember words; the Memory Impairment Screen, which focuses on the ability to remember words; and Animal Naming, which involves naming as …

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