Screening for dementia in a primary care practice

Minn Med. 2012 Jan;95(1):36-40.


Dementia is a common condition of the elderly; yet it often is unrecognized by primary care providers. This article presents a compelling argument for screening for dementia in a primary care setting. It also provides a protocol for effective screening, instructions on how to use it, and steps to follow if the screening indicates the patient may have dementia.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Dementia / epidemiology
  • Dementia / etiology
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Mental Status Schedule
  • Minnesota
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Referral and Consultation