In brief, look sharp: short form assessment in the geriatric setting

Pachana. Nancy A., Mitchell, Leander K., Pinsker, Donna M., Morriss, Elissa, Lo, Ada and Cherrier, Monique (2016) In brief, look sharp: short form assessment in the geriatric setting. Australian Psychologist, 51 5: 342-351. doi:10.1111/ap.12203

Author Pachana. Nancy A.
Mitchell, Leander K.
Pinsker, Donna M.
Morriss, Elissa
Lo, Ada
Cherrier, Monique
Title In brief, look sharp: short form assessment in the geriatric setting
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9544
Publication date 2016-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ap.12203
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 51
Issue 5
Start page 342
End page 351
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Older adults are an increasing proportion of the population globally. They are also an underserved population with respect to psychological services generally, and neuropsychological services specifically, with both cognitive and psychological concerns going undetected and therefore untreated. Strategies to improve detection of cognitive and psychological concerns in this population, as well as means of obtaining data within limited time or service delivery constraints, include the use of relatively brief assessment protocols. This review of such tools aims to assist clinicians in understanding when best to use such approaches with older adults.

Method: A review of the extant empirical literature on brief assessment tools for older adults was undertaken, with the aim of enumerating both advantages and drawbacks of the use of such tools.

Results: Although short-form assessments in geriatric settings can indeed be advantageous and appropriate, if used incorrectly, they can potentially hamper accurate diagnosis and treatment. Measures, which hold particular promise with this population span, refer to both cognitive and affective measures, and include instruments designed for specific populations, for example specific cultural groups or disorders.

Conclusion: Older adults present across a wide range of settings, often with complex presentations, impaired cognition, and frail health that can challenge both diagnostic and assessment efforts as well as actual health service provision. This review provides data to enable practitioners to sharpen their practice with brief assessments for greatest efficacy in serving geriatric populations. Consideration is also given to possible areas for future clinical and research developments with respect to brief assessment strategies.
Keyword Ageing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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