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A short version of Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) was as accurate as the original MMSE for predicting dementia

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 Q In home dwelling elderly people, is a short version of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) as accurate as the original MMSE for predicting dementia?

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blinded comparison of the original MMSE and a short version of MMSE with neuropsychological examination.

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a centre for elder research in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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243 home dwelling elderly people {75–83 years of age (mean age 80 y, 47% men)}* who had the original MMSE screening. 28% of them screened positive {based on MMSE cut-point of 26/27}*.

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2 dichotomous subscales obtained from the Rasch item analysis were A-MMSE (age correlated scale) including orientation to time, attention/calculation, naming, repetition, 3 stage command; and …

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  • For correspondence: Dr K Schultz-Larsen, Centre for Elder Research, Copenhagen K, Denmark. ks109{at}

  • Sources of funding: Danish Ministry of Social Affairs; Copenhagen Care and Health Administration; VELUX FONDEN.