Cognitive Assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias in Clinical Practice: Pragmatics of Brief Instruments and Neuropsychological Evaluation

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Detection of cognitive impairment and dementia (CID) through the use of brief cognitive assessment tools (BCATs) is the first step to establishing an accurate diagnosis and care plan for individuals seen in primary practices. While the cognitive-behavioral syndrome and underlying etiology may not be readily apparent through brief assessment, clinicians can refer patients for a more comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation. A timely diagnosis maximizes the potential for patients to be involved in decision-making and planning for their future, and allows for expedited intervention and harm reduction. This activity provides a practical review of validated and standardized BCATs that can aid in the detection of CID; reviews cognitive and neuropsychological domains and their clinical relevance; and delineates circumstances for referral to neuropsychology and the utility of neuropsychological evaluation to practicing clinicians.

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J Clin Psychiatry 2019;80(4):MS18002BR2C

https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.MS18002BR2C