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Screening for Stroke and Cognitive Impairment Chapter 4: How to Administer Cognitive Screening in Stroke. Setting the Stage. The well-seasoned professional can take 10-15 minutes to complete. Novices may want to allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete;

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Screening for Stroke and Cognitive ImpairmentChapter 4: How to Administer Cognitive Screening in Stroke


Setting the stage
Setting the Stage

  • The well-seasoned professional can take 10-15 minutes to complete. Novices may want to allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete;

  • Provide a quiet, non-distracting environment. It is best administered one on one, and avoid having other persons in the room as it can be distracting;

  • Introduce yourself9.


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Setting the Stage

  • Use the client’s appropriate name;

  • Describe the purpose of the interview in simple, direct language e.g. “I would like to do a test to assess your memory and concentration. I would prefer to do this one on one so there are no distractions”.Explain the approximate length of the interview;

  • Ensure that you obtain consent* from the person/Substitute Decision Maker in order to proceed with cognitive screening9.

  • *Consent in accordance with your professional or regulatory body.


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Setting the Stage

Ensure that you, the interviewer:

  • Have the forms and materials necessary for the test;

  • Are familiar with the scoring procedure prior to giving the test;

  • Have adapted your test materials according to the client’s needs, e.g. large print;

  • Know enough about the person to make him/her feel comfortable and at ease9.


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