SPMSQShort Portable Mental Status Questionnaire
SPMSQSingle Phase Melee Sequencing
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High-disability individuals are those with either three or more ADL needs or a high level of cognitive impairment, as indicated by four or more wrong answers on the SPMSQ.
We defined cognitively impaired disabled elderly persons as (1) those who answered fewer than seven out of ten questions on the SPMSQ correctly or (2) those who could not respond to the questionnaire and required a proxy respondent.
If SPMSQ results were available, then a person's cognitive status was rated following Pfeiffer's rules (Pfeiffer 1975).