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Mini-Mental Status Examination

Alternate Names : MMSE, Mental Status Exam, Mini-Mental State Exam

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

The Mini-Mental Status Exam is a five-minute screening test that is designed to evaluate basic mental function in a number of different areas. Some of the areas tested involve a person's ability to recall facts, to write and to calculate numbers. The test provides a quick way to determine if more in-depth testing is needed.

Who is a candidate for the test?

Anyone suspected of mental decline or potential dementia can take this test, although the test is best suited for people older than 60.

How is the test performed?

A psychologist, doctor or other appropriately trained healthcare provider can conduct this exam. The person taking the test is asked to perform a variety of verbal, nonverbal and paper and pencil tasks in a quiet setting.


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Mini-Mental Status Examination: Preparation & Expectations

Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Karen Preston, PHN, MS, CRRN
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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