The NUCOG: Construction and piloting of a cognitive screening instrument in a neuropsychiatric unit
M Walterfang, D Velakoulis, A Gibbs, J Lloyd
Australasian Psychiatry | Published : 2003
Objective: To develop a cognitive screening instrument suitable for a neuropsychiatric inpatient, outpatient and consultation-liaison population. Methods: A number of cognitive screening instruments used clinically and published in the literature were reviewed. A new tool, the Neuropsychiatry Unit Cognitive Screen (NUCOG), was developed on the basis of this review, and piloted in a diverse population of patients in the unit. Conclusions: The NUCOG demonstrated a high degree of face validity, correlation with the Mini-Mental State Examination, and significant scoring differences between demented and non-demented patients.