Interpretation of Mini-Mental State Examination scores in community-dwelling elderly and geriatric neuropsychiatry patients

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1998 Oct;13(10):661-6. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1166(1998100)13:10<661::aid-gps838>;2-0.


The purpose of this article is to provide data for advanced interpretation of MMSE performance in community-dwelling elderly persons and in geriatric neuropsychiatry inpatients. Age- and education-corrected cutoff scores, standard errors of measurement and standard errors of difference were computed using previously published population normative data (Crum et al., 1993). The supplementary normative table provides a means of interpreting MMSE performance at a single point in time, or at two testing intervals. These same scores were calculated for a sample of 248 elderly inpatients from the geriatric psychiatry division of a psychiatric hospital. Clinical examples are provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Education
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Psychometrics*
  • Reproducibility of Results