Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Screening, Cognitive

  • Richard Hoffman
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_279-2



Cognitive screening is a brief, performance-based assessment of one or more domains of neurobehavioral or cognitive functioning. These assessments typically are completed using standardized cognitive screening tests that can be completed at bedside or in the clinic in 20–30 min or less, often accompanied by interview information elicited from family members or other informants who know the examinee well and can comment on their observations about the examinee’s behaviors or changes in their behaviors.


Cognitive screening tests are very commonly used in behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, and primary care medicine. Surveys indicate that cognitive screening instruments are used by over 50% of practitioners in neuropsychiatry and such tests have become a mainstay in the practice of medicine over the course of the last 35 years. Because...

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References and Further Reading

  1. Cullen, B., O'Neill, B., Evans, J. J., Coen, R. F., & Lawlor, B. A. (2007). A review of screening tests for cognitive impairment. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 78, 790–799.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  7. Mitrushina, M. (2009). Cognitive screening methods. In I. Grant & K. M. Adams (Eds.), Neuropsychological assessment of neuropsychiatric and neuromedical disorders (pp. 101–126). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Academic Health CenterSchool of Medicine-Duluth Campus University of MinnesotaDuluthUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mustafa al’Absi
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  1. 1.University of Minnesota Medical SchoolDuluthUSA