Title

Screening for dementia: Cognitive Assessment Screening Test (CAST)

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Neurology

Date

11-1-1996

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Aged; Dementia; *Geriatric Assessment; Humans; *Neuropsychological Tests

Disciplines

Neurology | Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Abstract

The Cognitive Assessment Screening Test (CAST) is a self-administered paper-and-pencil test that can be used to screen geriatric patients for dementia. The test is composed of three one-page sections; Part A has 10 simple questions; Part B has five more demanding questions, and Part C has 13 self-report questions. Parts A and B determine whether cognition falls within the normal range or below the threshold for dementia. Part C assesses the patient's perception of a decline in memory and competence. Designed for office use, the CAST requires minimal examiner time and little training or experience to administer. This test is as sensitive and specific as other relatively brief screening instruments for dementia.

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Citation: Am Fam Physician. 1996 Nov 1;54(6):1957-62.

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Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

8900355

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