Abbreviated Mini Mental State test

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The Abbreviated Mental Test (AMT) developed in 1972 by Hodkinson is recommended for the initial assessment of cognition in all older patients admitted to hospital (Royal College of Physicians, 1992). The test generally takes a very short time to administer and must include the completion of all 10 questions (Adobe Acrobat PDF, opens in new window). It has been used extensively in research studies (Swain, O’Brien & Nightingale 1999; Swain, O’Brien & Nightingale 2000).

As the AMT is user friendly for both the clinician and patient, it is a valuable tool to use in clinical practice. According to Swain et al (1999) the AMT has a high predictive value of cognitive state as assessed by the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and provides a reliable indication of a likely MMSE score. A score of less than seven or eight on the AMT suggests cognitive impairment requiring further investigation. More information about the AMT can be found by reading: Hodkinson HM (1972). Evaluation of a mental test score for assessment of mental impairment in the elderly, Age Ageing 1: 233–38.

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What is the scores on the mini mental test?

The total number of points for a perfect score is 30. Patients with a total score of 22 or less, or who score 0 in any one MORE?

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