Research and Funding

Instruments to Detect Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Minnesota Cognitive Acuity Screen

Administration Method: 
The test can be administered both in person as well as telephonically. (RF-5)
Administration Time: 
< 20 min (126)
Level of Expertise to Administer: 
A thorough training program has been developed for assessors and interviewers who complete the MCAS, including video training on the administration of the MCAS for face-to-face interviews. (RF-6)
$95 (7)
Measures Change Over Time: 
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Reference Number Title Citation PMID DOI
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
7 Telephone interview for cognitive status (TICS) screening for clinical trials of physical activity and cognitive training: the seniors health and activity research program pilot (SHARP-P) study. Espeland MA, Rapp SR, Katula JA, Andrews LA, Felton D, Gaussoin SA, Dagenbach D, Legault C, Jennings JM, Sink KM Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2011 Feb;26(2):135-43. doi: 10.1002/gps.2503. 21229597 10.1002/gps.2503