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by Dr Jordi
Serra-Mestres and Dr Richard
Last updated: November 2017
The 'bedside' assessment of cognition is a key element of
the mental state examination used in psychiatry, yet this
assessment is often neglected or reduced to a few specifics such as
comments on temporo-spatial orientation.
The reasons are varied, but clinicians often
complain of a lack of training and practical experience in this
area, as well as a difficulty in understanding the findings from
the perspective of their functional neuroanatomy.
This module offers an overview of how to assess cognition at the
bedside or in the consulting room. In it, we define and describe
the various cognitive functions and their functional anatomy,
giving examples of clinical manifestations of deficits in these
We also describe the most reliable and widely used tests of
cognition at the bedside, giving tips and instructions on how to
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