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Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2012;33(6):385-92. doi: 10.1159/000339596. Epub 2012 Jul 17.

The reliability and validity of the mini-mental state examination in the elderly Croatian population.

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Department of Cognitive Neurology, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia. maboban@mef.hr

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was standardization and validation of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in the general Croatian aging population.

METHODS:

Three-hundred and forty-four participants underwent the MMSE test, 217 cognitively healthy subjects without neurological and psychiatric disorders and 127 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia.

RESULTS:

The optimal cutoff point for screening of the general Croatian population (cognitively healthy vs. MCI and dementia) is 26/27; in the Croatian population aged ≥65 years, the cutoff point is 24/25, whereas for screening of highly educated persons (≥14 years of education) aged ≥65 years a higher cutoff point should be used (26/27).

CONCLUSIONS:

MMSE results when standardized and validated in a certain population might better contribute to recognition of the individuals at risk that should be directed to dementia outpatient clinics.

PMID:
22814030
DOI:
10.1159/000339596
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