Dementia Pathways. For Health & Social Care Professionals

Cognitive Assessment Tools

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The following validated tools are most appropriate for routine dementia screening in general practice. They take less than five minutes to perform. These tools are:

  • General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition (GPCOG)
  • Memory Impairment Screen (MIS)
  • Mini Cog

See links below to online versions of these tools and to printable PDF versions.


Other available tools include

  • MOCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment)
    • MOCA is another good test but it is lengthy and so may be difficult to use within the confines of a general practice consultation.
  •  MMSE (Mini Mental State Exam)
    • The MMSE is has copyright limitations. The test itself is lengthy and has cultural and educational bias.