(37) The SPMSQ has been shown to be a valid screening test for dementia (38) producing similar results to the Mental Status Questionnaire. (39) In the present study, the Chinese version of the SPMSQ was used and has been shown to be a valid (40) and reliable measure in several studies of elderly participants in Hong Kong.
A short portable mental status questionnaire for the assessment of organic brain deficit in elderly patients.
Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire as a screening test for dementia and delirium among the elderly.
With the problems described above, it must be asked whether it is wise to use a mental status questionnaire, and if so, how to use one during the course of everyday office practice.
Although it is widely believed that most organic mental disorders in patients seen in primary care settings go undetected, undiagnosed, and untreated, (1,2) routine use of mental status questionnaires in everyday office practice is not the solution to this problem.
Cognitive screening instruments, commonly known as mental status questionnaires, are used increasingly to assess the presence and severity of cognitive impairment.
In this context, applications for mental status questionnaires are examined in office practice.
Mental status questionnaires are sometimes used in primary care for the following purposes: screening either all patients or those in high-risk subgroups for cognitive impairment, documentation and quantification of suspected cognitive dysfunction, and monitoring the effects of time and treatment on cognition.