Dementia is a global public health problem and its impact is bound to increase in the next decades, with a rapidly aging world population. Dementia is by no means an obligatory outcome of aging, although its incidence increases exponentially in old age, and its onset may be insidious. In the absence of unequivocal biomarkers, the accuracy of cognitive profiling plays a fundamental role in the diagnosis of this condition. In this Perspective article, we highlight the utility of brief global cognitive tests in the diagnostic process, from the initial detection stage for which they are designed, through the differential diagnosis of dementia. We also argue that neuropsychological training and expertise are critical in order for the information gathered from these omnibus cognitive tests to be used in an efficient and effective way, and thus, ultimately, for them to fulfill their potential.

The role of brief global cognitive tests and neuropsychological expertise in the detection and differential diagnosis of dementia / Riello, Marianna; Rusconi, Elena; Treccani, Barbara. - In: FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE. - ISSN 1663-4365. - 2021,13:6483101(2021), pp. 6483101-6483109. [10.3389/fnagi.2021.648310]

The role of brief global cognitive tests and neuropsychological expertise in the detection and differential diagnosis of dementia

Riello, Marianna;Rusconi, Elena;Treccani, Barbara
2021-01-01

Abstract

Dementia is a global public health problem and its impact is bound to increase in the next decades, with a rapidly aging world population. Dementia is by no means an obligatory outcome of aging, although its incidence increases exponentially in old age, and its onset may be insidious. In the absence of unequivocal biomarkers, the accuracy of cognitive profiling plays a fundamental role in the diagnosis of this condition. In this Perspective article, we highlight the utility of brief global cognitive tests in the diagnostic process, from the initial detection stage for which they are designed, through the differential diagnosis of dementia. We also argue that neuropsychological training and expertise are critical in order for the information gathered from these omnibus cognitive tests to be used in an efficient and effective way, and thus, ultimately, for them to fulfill their potential.
2021
6483101
Riello, Marianna; Rusconi, Elena; Treccani, Barbara
The role of brief global cognitive tests and neuropsychological expertise in the detection and differential diagnosis of dementia / Riello, Marianna; Rusconi, Elena; Treccani, Barbara. - In: FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE. - ISSN 1663-4365. - 2021,13:6483101(2021), pp. 6483101-6483109. [10.3389/fnagi.2021.648310]
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