This article presents the results of a Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP) survey into the brief cognitive screening instruments used for the assessment of dementia in Canada.
The survey assessed the perceived characteristics and frequency of use of 14 instruments. The assessment tests used most commonly are the Clock Drawing Test (CDT), Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), and Delayed Word Recall. Effectiveness, ease of administration, and speed of administration are the main reasons reported for using these instruments. This survey indicates that the MMSE is no longer the most popular dementia screening tool (in Canada), and that newer instruments such as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) are used widely.
Ismail, Z. Mulsant, BH. [and] Herrmann, N. [et al] (2013). Canadian academy of geriatric psychiatry survey of brief cognitive screening instruments. Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ, June 3rd 2013, Vol.16(2), pp.54-60. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].