Cognitive Assessment of Older People: Multiple Choice Questionnaire (BMJ Learning, Free Resource)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 3, October 2011].


This multiple choice questionnaire has been created to assist GPs and generalist clinicians in the assessment of cognitive function in patients aged 65 and over. It reviews the causes, presenting features, and assessment of cognitive decline in older patients.

Having done this activity you should have greater awareness of:

  1. The patterns of cognitive decline in older adults.
  2. The causes of cognitive decline in older adults.
  3. Approaches to investigation of the older adults with possible cognitive impairment in the emergency or primary care setting.
  4. The available standardised assessment tools for cognitive function, and their critical appraisal.

Free Access

These materials are available to the general public. Free registration with the site is required.

Note: Do not select the option to log in via Athens because access to BMJ Learning is not currently included in NHS Athens accounts.

NHS Evidence gives the following instructions to access BMJ online training materials. To register:

  1. Click on “Start module” and then,
  2. Click on ”Register here“.

Full Text Link


Young, J. Meagher, D. [and] MacLullich, A. (2011). Cognitive assessment of older people. (Multiple choice questionnaire). London: BMJ Learning (BMJ Group), September 6th 2011.

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