Cognitive function. Survey of elderly persons living at home in rural Newfoundland

Can Fam Physician. 1993 Apr;39:772-7.


We tested the cognitive function of elderly, community-dwelling residents in rural Newfoundland using the Canadian Mental Status Questionnaire. The prevalence of moderate and severe cognitive impairment was 9.3%. Physicians in the community had recognized those with severe impairment, but had not recognized any of those with moderate impairment. Cognitive function testing should be part of the periodic health examination of older patients.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders / classification
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / standards
  • Medical Audit
  • Mental Status Schedule
  • Newfoundland and Labrador / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rural Population
  • Severity of Illness Index