Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)

The Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) is an exam that tests an elderly person's cognitive ability.

The Mini-Mental State Examination is one of the most commonly used and widely tested instrument for testing cognitive ability.

Domains measured by the MMSE include orientation to time and place, registration, attention and calculation, recall, naming, repetition, comprehension, reading, writing, and drawing.

The MMSE takes approximately 10 minutes.

It must be administered in a standard manner to obtain valid results.

The total possible score is 30 points.

Scores on the MMSE will not differentiate between delirium and dementia, although both conditions will cause scores below the cutoff of 24.

The following diagram below show the MMSE.

Mini-Mental State Examination

The following PDF shows the questions for the MMSE: Mini-Mental State Exam

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