Research and Funding

Instruments to Detect Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

7-Minute Screen

Administration Method: 
Computerized version, which uses an Excel file (by Meulen)
Administration Time: 
7-12 (32); Mean time: 12.4 (SD 4.6 min) (222); 7-15 min (126)
Level of Expertise to Administer: 
Trained interviewers gave test to participant. Scored by research assistants (111), clinician (222), geriatric psychologist, geriatrician (94)
Measures Change Over Time: 
Target Age Range: 
Control- 74.56 (SD 6.63 yrs); Intact- 69.69 (SD 13.38 yrs); MCI- 74.6 (SD 9.52 yrs); AD- 77.46 (SD 8.1 yrs); VD- 78.79 (SD 6.51 yrs); DLB- 78.94 (SD 7.92 yrs); Subcortical- 77.33 (SD 8.38 yrs); Other dem- 75.9 (SD 8.44 yrs); Depression- 75.74 (SD 10.98 yrs); Other cond- 70.6 (SD 10.53 yrs) (222) Low-risk participants: 65.4 (SD 9.4 yrs); High-risk participants: 69.2 (SD 11.5 yrs) (115) ND: 75.8 (SD 4.6); Mild dementia: 78.5 (SD 5.2 yrs) (102) 75 or older (111); 65-93 (127) Mean Age of Patients: 76, 78, 79; Controls 75, 78, 76 (32) 62 (IQR 53.5-77) (94)
Education Level Required to Understand Test: 
Special Population Samples: 
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Reference Number Title Citation PMID DOI
127 Seven minute screen performance in a normal elderly sample. Skjerve A, Nordhus IH, Engedal K, Pallesen S, Braekhus A, Nygaard HA Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2007 Aug;22(8):764-9. 17152118 10.1002/gps.1736
111 Self-reports on the IQCODE in older adults: a psychometric evaluation. Jansen AP, van Hout HP, Nijpels G, van Marwijk HW, Gundy C, de Vet HC, Stalman WA J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2008 Jun;21(2):83-92. 18474717 10.1177/0891988707311558
32 The diagnostic accuracy of dementia-screening instruments with an administration time of 10 to 45 minutes for use in secondary care: a systematic review. Appels BA, Scherder E Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 Jun;25(4):301-16. 20539025 10.1177/1533317510367485
222 The seven minute screen: a neurocognitive screening test highly sensitive to various types of dementia. Meulen EF, Schmand B, van Campen JP, de Koning SJ, Ponds RW, Scheltens P, Verhey FR J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2004 May;75(5):700-5. 15090563 10.1136/jnnp.2003.021055
126 A review of screening tests for cognitive impairment. Cullen B, O'Neill B, Evans JJ, Coen RF, Lawlor BA J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2007 Aug;78(8):790-9. Epub 2006 Dec 18. 17178826 10.1136/jnnp.2006.095414
94 Screening for cognitive deficits after stroke: a comparison of three screening tools. Nokleby K, Boland E, Bergersen H, Schanke AK, Farner L, Wagle J, Wyller TB Clin Rehabil. 2008 Dec;22(12):1095-104. 19052248 10.1177/0269215508094711
115 Utility of the Malayalam translation of the 7- minute screen for Alzheimer's disease risk in an Indian community. de Jager CA, Thambisetty M, Praveen KV, Sheeba PD, Ajini KN, Sajeev A, Smitha KK, Rahmathulla LP, Ramakrishna T, David SA Neurol India. 2008 Apr-Jun;56(2):161-6. 18688141 10.4103/0028-3886.41994
102 Validation of the Seven Minute Screen and Syndrom Kurztest among elderly Norwegian outpatients. Skjerve A, Nordhus IH, Engedal K, Braekhus A, Nygaard HA, Pallesen S, Haugen PK Int Psychogeriatr. 2008 Aug;20(4):807-14. Epub 2008 Apr 1. 18377698 10.1017/s1041610208007072