A systematic review of the reliability of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults by use of standardised assessment tools administered via the telephone

Martin-Khan, M, Wootton, R and Gray, L (2010) A systematic review of the reliability of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults by use of standardised assessment tools administered via the telephone. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 16 8: 422-428. doi:10.1258/jtt.2010.100209


Author Martin-Khan, M
Wootton, R
Gray, L
Title A systematic review of the reliability of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults by use of standardised assessment tools administered via the telephone
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2010.100209
Volume 16
Issue 8
Start page 422
End page 428
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract We conducted a systematic review to identify the extent to which the process of screening for cognitive impairment in older adults has been validated for administration by telephone. A search of electronic databases and a handsearch of relevant journals and reference lists were carried out for studies published between 1966 and 2008. The database search identified 411 studies and handsearching found another seven. Fourteen studies were finally identified as relevant to the review: three concerned a modified telephone version of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE); five concerned the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status; one study tested a telephone-administered Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire; four studies tested the validity of newly developed tools; and the remaining study considered the Confusion Assessment Method as a means of diagnosing delirium. The quality of the reference standard varied among the papers reviewed. The limited number of high quality studies with suitable reference standards makes it difficult to recommend a specific tool which should be used to assess the cognition of older adults by telephone. In advance of further studies, the 22-item MMSE is simple to administer and was shown to correlate well with the face-to-face MMSE. It appears to be a useful technique for telephone screening for cognitive impairment or delirium, if used in conjunction with the Delirium Symptom Interview. © 2010 Royal Society of Medicine Press
Keyword Mini-mental state
Global deterioration scale
Status tics
Alzheimer's Disease
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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