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Comparison

The Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE), perhaps the most popular and most widely used cognitive assessment, is a broad but simple measure of memory, orientation, and executive function. Despite its past popularity, it cannot reliably distinguish mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or very mild dementia from normal aging.

The MMSE is only accurate in identifying severe impairment that has progressed to dementia. This comparison of the accuracy of the MCI Screen to other assessments provides more detail.