Which patients should receive long-term monitoring following cognitive impairment screening?

Updated: Dec 02, 2020
  • Author: Claudia L Reardon, MD; more...
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Once dementia or other cognitive impairment has been diagnosed, re-evaluation at intermittent times in the future may be helpful. This may include re-administration of brief cognitive screens or of more thorough neuropsychological tests. Quantification of the level of impairment may have treatment implications. For example, certain medications used for Alzheimer Disease are only approved for use in certain severities of illness. Moreover, follow-up testing may provide helpful information when results are equivocal, as further decline in between tests is suggestive of cognitive impairment. [18]

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