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Consult Pharm. 2007 Oct;22(10):855-61.

The Mini-Cog: a rapid dementia screening tool suitable for pharmacists' use.

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Department of Pharmacotherapy, Colleg eof Pharmacy, Washington State University/Elder Services, Spokane, Washington 99217-6131, USA. ssetter@smhca.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To familiarize the consultant pharmacist with the use of the Mini-Cog as a rapid screening tool for the assessment of dementia and outline currently available evidence regarding the validity of this screening tool within the community.

DATA SOURCES:

MEDLINE (1990-December 2006) and Web of Science (1995-December 2006) were searched for original research and review articles published in English.

STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION:

Relevant literature regarding use of the Mini-Cog.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

There exists a growing literature base regarding the clinical use of the Mini-Cog. Dementia within the elderly ambulatory population remains largely unrecognized. A rapid screening tool such as the Mini-Cog is a valuable instrument for health care practitioners, including consultant pharmacists, within the community to identify patients with possible cognitive impairment.

CONCLUSION:

The Mini-Cog provides pharmacists with an easy and effective tool for the screening of dementia within assisted living, long-term care, and community-dwelling populations.

PMID:
18198975
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