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The Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS) was introduced by Hodkinson in 1972 to quickly assess elderly patients for the possibility of dementia. The test has utility across a range of acute and outpatient settings. It has been tested on an Australian sample of patients.263 The test takes 5 minutes and must include all 10 questions. Maximum score is 10. A score of less than 7 or 8 suggests cognitive impairment. The test can differentiate normal from cognitively impaired but is not reliable in identifying delirium.264
|Score 0 or 1
1. How old are you?
2. What is the nearest hour?
3. Address for recall at the end of test - this should be repeated by the patient, eg. 42 west Terrace
5. What year is it?
What is the name of this place?
6. Can the patient recognise two relevant persons (eg. nurse/doctor)
7. What is the date of your birth?
8. When was the second World war?
9. Who is the present prime minister?
10 Count down from 20 to 1 (no errors, no cues)
Source: Hodkinson HM. Evaluation of a mental test score for assessment of mental impairment in the elderly. Age Ageing 1972;1:233–8