Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) Physical Exam Step 2 CS
Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE):
The Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for complaints of memory problems. It can be used by clinicians to help diagnose dementia and to help assess its progression and severity. This factsheet looks at how the MMSE is used and provides information about the test so that the person taking it knows what to expect.
This tutorial on Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) has been provided by: Dr. Mary June
Scoring of the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE)
Scores on the Mini Mental Status Exam range from 0 to 30, with scores of 25 or higher being traditionally considered normal. Scores less than 10 generally indicate severe impairment, while scores between 10 and 19 indicate moderate dementia. People with mild Alzheimer’s disease tend to score in the 19 to 24 range. However, scores may need to be adjusted or interpreted differently to account for a person’s age, education, and race/ethnicity. Scores decline with advancing age and increase with higher educational level. It’s possible to achieve a very high score but still have significant cognitive deficits, especially in areas such as executive functioning that the MMSE is not designed to test for.
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