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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 107(12):62-71, December 2007
Nurses can use a very brief and simple screening tool, called the Mini-Cog, to evaluate memory and executive function in their patients and to determine if further evaluation for dementia is indicated. While the tool is not diagnostic, it gathers useful information to inform the probability of an underlying dementia - information critical to determining care, addressing safety and improving outcomes. Equally important to patients and families, positive results in the screening provides an opportunity for the healthcare team to educate about the need to address a range of safety, legal and personal issues in order to improve quality of life and sustain independence following discharge and to coordinate follow-up diagnostic evaluation.
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