The MoCA and MMSE as screeners for cognitive impairment in a heart failure population: A study with comprehensive neuropsychological testing

  • Hawkins M
  • Gathright E
  • Gunstad J
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Abstract

Objective: To examine the ability of the Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE) and Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) to detect cognitive impairment in persons with heart failure (HF). Background: Although the MMSE and MoCA are commonly used screeners in HF, no research team has validated their performance against neuropsychological testing. Methods: Participants were 106 patients with HF (49.1% male, 68.13±9.82 years) who completed the MoCA, MMSE, and a full neuropsychological battery. Sensitivity and specificity were examined. Discriminant function analyses tested whether the screeners correctly detected cognitive impairment. Results: A MoCA score

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Authors

  • Misty A.W. Hawkins

  • Emily C. Gathright

  • John Gunstad

  • Mary A. Dolansky

  • Joseph D. Redle

  • Richard Josephson

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