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Table 2 Dementia screen matrix and referral guide

From: A new model for general practice-led, regional, community-based, memory clinics

Tool Score
GP Cog Pt 1 9 5–8 5–8  < 5
GDS 0–5 0–5 6–9  ≥ 10
MMSE  ≥ 25 21–24 21–24  ≤ 20
Interpretation
Likely outcome No evident cognitive decline or depression Possible cognitive impairment or mild dementia, no sign of depression Possible cognitive impairment or mild dementia, and/or mild depression Moderate/ severe depression with possibility of underlying moderate to severe dementia
Actions Reassure patient and plan to review Offer referral to geriatrician and arrange further investigations Offer referral to geriatrician or psycho-geriatrician and arrange further investigations Offer referral to psycho-geriatrician and arrange further investigations