This brief 10 item screen takes about 3 minutes to administer, It includes components requiring intact short and long term memory attention and orientation.
One point is allocated for each correct response. A score of <8/10 is suggestive of significant cognitive deficit, although further and more formal tests are necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Results areaffected by language and cultural background. Its advantage is its brevity.
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