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Bedside assessment of cognition 

Bedside assessment of cognition
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Bedside assessment of cognition
Author(s):

Seyed Ahmad Sajjadi

and Peter J. Nestor

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199655946.003.0010
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date: 30 May 2020

The bedside cognitive examination forms a critical part of the assessment of suspected dementia and other disturbances of cognition. It can serve two purposes, the first being where specific cognitive abilities are examined in a problem-oriented manner to assist in making a syndromic diagnosis, the second being where a brief global scale is applied—thereby producing a numerical score—as a staging procedure of impairment severity. In the case of suspected dementia, it is typically useful to do both so that one reaches an accurate diagnosis and has a quantitative measure of where the patient lies in the course of the disease. This chapter offers an approach to cognitive testing at the bedside.

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