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PRINCIPLE 1: Cognitive screening

Patients aged 65 years and over will be screened for confusion on admission or within 24 hours of admission using a validated screening tool.

Resources and useful links

This section provides links to recommended cognitive screening tools and other resources to support cognitive screening of older people with confusion presenting to hospital.

Further information about screening tools

CHOPs cognitive assessment presentation (Powerpoint), including descriptions of key screening tools

Cognitive assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including information about the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) tool for Indigenous Australians (45 years plus).

The Dementia Outcome Measurement Suite – a range of cognitive screening and dementia assessment tools for health professionals.

List of publications

Reports of studies of cognitive screening/assessment of older people in hospitals.