The Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument (CASI): a practical test for cross-cultural epidemiological studies of dementia

Int Psychogeriatr. Spring 1994;6(1):45-58; discussion 62. doi: 10.1017/s1041610294001602.

Abstract

The Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument (CASI) has a score range of 0 to 100 and provides quantitative assessment on attention, concentration, orientation, short-term memory, long-term memory, language abilities, visual construction, list-generating fluency, abstraction, and judgment. Scores of the Mini-Mental State Examination, the Modified Mini-Mental State Test, and the Hasegawa Dementia Screening Scale can also be estimated from subsets of the CASI items. Pilot testing conducted in Japan and in the United States has demonstrated its cross-cultural applicability and its usefulness in screening for dementia, in monitoring disease progression, and in providing profiles of cognitive impairment. Typical administration time is 15 to 20 minutes. Record form, manual, videotape of test administration, and quizzes to qualify potential users on the administration and scoring of the CASI are available upon request.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Cognition Disorders / psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / epidemiology*
  • Dementia / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mass Screening*
  • Mental Status Schedule / statistics & numerical data
  • Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychometrics
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • United States / epidemiology