Cognitive Assessment Tools: Assessment of Dementia

The following validated tools are most appropriate for routine dementia screening in general practice. They take less than five minutes to perform. These tools are:

  • General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition (GPCOG)
  • Memory Impairment Screen (MIS)
  • Mini Cog

See links below to these tools.

Other available tools include:

  • MOCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment)
    • MOCA is another good test but it is lengthy and so may be difficult to use within the confines of a general practice consultation.
  •  MMSE (Mini Mental State Exam)
    • The MMSE is has copyright limitations. The test itself is lengthy and has cultural and educational bias.