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

David A. Loewenstein, Amarilis Acevedo, Joscelyn Agron, Raymond Ownby, William Barker, Sylvia Strauman, Ranjan Duara

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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 3ĝ€"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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-440
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009



  • Alzheimer disease
  • Cognitive screening
  • Dementia
  • Memory
  • Mild cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Medicine(all)

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