Screening for cognitive impairment in older adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement

Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jun 3;160(11):791-7. doi: 10.7326/M14-0496.


Description: Update of the 2003 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for dementia.

Methods: The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on the benefits, harms, and sensitivity and specificity of screening instruments for cognitive impairment in older adults and the benefits and harms of commonly used treatment and management options for older adults with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia and their caregivers.

Population: This recommendation applies to universal screening with formal screening instruments in community-dwelling adults in the general primary care population who are older than 65 years and have no signs or symptoms of cognitive impairment.

Recommendation: The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for cognitive impairment. (I statement).

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Cognition Disorders / therapy
  • Dementia / diagnosis*
  • Dementia / therapy
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening* / adverse effects
  • Mass Screening* / economics
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sensitivity and Specificity