The Mini-Cog: A rapid dementia screening tool suitable for pharmacists' use

Stephen M. Setter, Joshua J. Neumiller, Melanie Johnson, Soo Borson, James M. Scanlan

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Objective: To familiarize the consultant pharmacist with the use of the Mini-Cog as a rapid screening tool for the assessment of dementia and outline currently available evidence regarding the validity of this screening tool within the community. Data Sources: MEDLINE (1990-December 2006) and Web of Science (1995-December 2006) were searched for original research and review articles published in English. Study Selection and Data Extraction: Relevant literature regarding use of the Mini-Cog. Data Synthesis: There exists a growing literature base regarding the clinical use of the Mini-Cog. Dementia within the elderly ambulatory population remains largely unrecognized. A rapid screening tool such as the Mini-Cog is a valuable instrument for health care practitioners, including consultant pharmacists, within the community to identify patients with possible cognitive impairment. Conclusion: The Mini-Cog provides pharmacists with an easy and effective tool for the screening of dementia within assisted living, long-term care, and community-dwelling populations. Abbreviations: AD = Alzheimer's disease, CASI = Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument, DSM-IV = Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV, MMSE = Mini-Mental State Examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-861
Number of pages7
JournalConsultant Pharmacist
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Mini-Cog
  • Screening tool


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