Short tests may fail to predict dementia

Screening using brief cognitive assessment tools could be less accurate than previously thought
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Misclassification occurs in more than one-third of patients screened for dementia in primary care, a study suggests.

In joint UK-US research, more than 800 adults from a population-based US study were assessed using three short tests — the Mini-Mental State Examination, Memory Impairment Screen and animal naming.