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Uncomplicated Dementia Pathway - Cognitive Screen

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is preferred in suspected dementia.

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) was designed as a rapid screening instrument for mild cognitive dysfunction. It assesses different cognitive domains: attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visuoconstructional skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation. Time to administer the MoCA is approximately 10 minutes. The total possible score is 30 points; a score of 26 or above is considered normal.


If there are obvious cultural or language issues, consider using:

Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS)
A short cognitive screening instrument designed to minimise  the effects of cultural learning and language diversity  on the assessment of baseline cognitive performance. The respondent is encouraged to communicate  in their first language. Therefore, the use of an interpreter is important.

Last updated : Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Next review date : Wednesday, July 17,2019

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