Why should young and healthy patients be excluded from cognitive impairment screening?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Claudia L Reardon, MD; more...
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Optimally, cognitive screening tests that are used have sufficiently high sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value. False positive results and the attendant emotional distress represent a potential complication. For this reason, young and healthy patients in whom no reason exists to suspect a cognitive disorder should not have a cognitive screen performed.


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