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Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 May;17(5):437-40. doi: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e31819d3784.

The utility of a brief memory screen in the diagnosis of mild memory impairment in the elderly: preliminary study.

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  • 1Wein Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA. dloewenstein@att.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study evaluated the utility of the Florida Brief Memory Screen (FBMS), a new memory screening measure developed for Spanish-speaking and English-speaking subjects, which takes only 3-4 minutes to administer.

METHODS:

The FBMS was administered to 25 patients with probable Alzheimer disease, 23 patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, and 80 cognitively normal elderly.

RESULTS:

The FBMS evidenced good test-retest reliability and high correlation with standard measures of memory. In receiver operating characteristic analyses, the FBMS correctly classified 100% of patients with probable Alzheimer disease and 87.5% of normal elderly subjects. Sensitivity and specificity for patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment was 82.6% and 87.5%, respectively. Performance on the FBMS was generally independent of the effects of age, education, or primary language.

CONCLUSION:

The FBMS is a reliable and a valid measure when screening for memory impairment in the elderly and when determining whether a more extensive evaluation is warranted.

PMID:
19390301
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PMCID:
PMC3551339
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