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Standardized Mental Test Schedules: Their Uses and Abuses 

Standardized Mental Test Schedules: Their Uses and Abuses
Standardized Mental Test Schedules: Their Uses and Abuses

John R. Hodges

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date: 26 May 2019

This chapter discusses standardized mental test schedules. Many brief standardized assessment tools have been advocated over the past two or three decades but many have largely fallen into disuse. This chapter focuses, therefore, on two of the most commonly used brief assessment schedules: the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) with an analysis of their strengths, weaknesses, and applications. The MoCA is freely available and a link to the website is included. They are contrasted with the ACE-III which is described in Chapter 7. The chapter also describes two longer tests which are widely used in dementia research: the Mattis Dementia Rating Scale (DRS) and the Cambridge Cognitive Examination–Revised (CAMCOG-R). Finally, it includes a description of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale–Cognitive subscale (ADAS-Cog), which is used widely in drug evaluation studies.

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