Should Older Adults Be Screened for Cognitive Impairment?

Soo Borson, MD

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Medscape General Medicine. 2004;6(1):e48 

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Conclusion

Results such as these are promising, but critical tests of the value of dementia screening in primary care are lacking, and several important questions remain to be answered by trials of screening in primary care practices. The first is whether any screening procedure, however simple, will be adopted as a routine component of primary care for the elderly. The second is whether implementing such screening will improve case-finding. The third is whether better detection leads to better management and better outcomes for patients and their families. Now that promising short screens are available, these questions can be productively investigated; reliable answers are essential for developing a healthy dementia care policy for the world's aging societies.

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