Using Informant and Performance Screening Methods to Detect Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

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Purpose of Review: Dementia detection in the community is challenging. The purpose of this paper is to review methods of dementia screening and provide a useable algorithm for screening for dementia a variety of clinical settings. Recent Findings: In recent years, a number of brief performance and informant-based assessments have been developed and validated in research, clinical, and community samples. These assessments are now complemented by patient self-reports that afford the ability to detect subjective cognitive impairment. Summary: An optimal approach to dementia screening is to combine performance, informant, and self-reports, many of which can be completed in the waiting room or by non-physician staff prior to the start of the office visit. This diverse information may help inform the provider as to the presence or absence of a cognitive disorder, assist in staging the extent of the disorder, and help to develop a differential diagnosis and management plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Geriatrics Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • AD8
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Montreal cognitive assessment
  • Quick dementia rating system
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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