Journal article

The NUCOG: validity and reliability of a brief cognitive screening tool in neuropsychiatric patients

Mark Walterfang, Ronald Siu, Dennis Velakoulis

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine the validity and reliability of a brief cognitive screen instrument, the Neuropsychiatry Unit Cognitive Assessment Tool (NUCOG), in patients with dementia, major psychiatric disorders and neurological disorders, and to compare its performance with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). METHOD: The NUCOG was undertaken with the MMSE on a total of 347 individuals, with 82 subjects in the control group and 265 in the patient group. The patient group consisted of patients with dementia (n=65), non-dementing neurological disorders (n=44) and psychiatric illness (n=156). The patient group was further broken into subgroups of dementing and psychiatric disorders for further..

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