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What is the MoCA?

Michelle Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

October 29, 2012

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What is the MoCA?

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The MoCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment; Nasreddine, 2005) is a screening measure for memory.  It is similar to the Mini-Mental State Examination (Folstein et al.,1975) however, it has quite a few additional areas of cognition that it tests.  So, I find that it gives me more information. The other thing I like about it is the orientation questions are at the end.  I find that when I give the Mini-Mental, the fact that you immediately ask them what the day and date are is very off putting.  Many people give up on the Mini-Mental before they even get into it, because they cannot remember the day and date.  On the MoCA, that is the last question, which is good. 

Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Science, The Ohio State University. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association.

References:

Folstein MF, Folstein SE, McHugh PR (1975). ""Mini-mental state". A practical method for grading the cognitive state of patients for the clinician". Journal of Psychiatric Research 12 (3): 189–98.

Nasreddine ZS, Phillips NA, Bédirian V, Charbonneau S, Whitehead V, Collin I, Cummings JL, Chertkow H (2005). “The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, MoCA: a brief screening tool for mild cognitive impairment. J Am Geriatr Soc. 53(4): 695-9.


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Michelle Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Science, The Ohio State University. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions with residents with dementia, to evaluate memory aids and interventions for persons with dementia and traumatic brain injury, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers.  A clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has published numerous research articles, training manuals and CDs, and books.   She was the recipient of the 2007 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice.


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