Objective: To familiarize the consultant pharmacist with the use of the Mini-Cog as a rapid screening tool for the assessment of dementia and outline currently available evidence regarding the validity of this screening tool within the community.
Data sources: MEDLINE (1990-December 2006) and Web of Science (1995-December 2006) were searched for original research and review articles published in English.
Study selection and data extraction: Relevant literature regarding use of the Mini-Cog.
Data synthesis: There exists a growing literature base regarding the clinical use of the Mini-Cog. Dementia within the elderly ambulatory population remains largely unrecognized. A rapid screening tool such as the Mini-Cog is a valuable instrument for health care practitioners, including consultant pharmacists, within the community to identify patients with possible cognitive impairment.
Conclusion: The Mini-Cog provides pharmacists with an easy and effective tool for the screening of dementia within assisted living, long-term care, and community-dwelling populations.