What are the Alzheimer's Association guidelines for detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)?

Updated: Apr 22, 2019
  • Author: Sonal Mehta, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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The Alzheimer's Association released guidelines, including an algorithm, to help clinicians in the primary care setting detect cognitive impairment and determine whether referral or further testing is needed. [3] The algorithm includes the following components [2, 3] :

  • Review of patient health risk assessment (HRA) information

  • Patient observation

  • Use of unstructured queries

  • Use of structured cognitive assessment tools for patients and informants


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