Geriatric Mental Status Exam

Mental Status Examination•

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Objective

To evaluate predictive validity of cognitive dysfunction of the Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) exam or Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) for institutionalization and mortality after 7.5-years.

Design

Longitudinal study.

Setting

Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center Veterans Affairs Hospital St. Louis, MO.

Participants

Patients (N=705) were screened for cognitive dysfunction in 2003 using the SLUMS exam and MMSE, and mortality and institutionalization up to 7.5-years later were evaluated as outcome measures.

Measurement

The associations between outcome measures and MMSE and SLUMS exam total scores, and cognitive status were examined using Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox proportional-hazards regression.

Results

Five hundred thirty-three charts were reviewed, 176/533(33%) patients had died and 31/526 (6%) were institutionalized during 7.5-year follow-up period. All subjects were male with a mean age of 75 years and most had high school education or greater (71%). MMSE dementia, SLUMS dementia (ps

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Q&A

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is a psychological evaluation just a mental status exam? | Yahoo Answers

I often wonder the same thing. But the good thing is there has been quite a bit of studies on mental issues especially over the last decade so although it is just a mental status exam, some test can be rather revealing. It's takes a peek at our mind, what we truly are.

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