The Brief Cognitive Status Examination (BCSE): Comparing diagnostic utility and equating scores to the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)

Robin C. Hilsabeck, James A. Holdnack, C. Munro Cullum, Lisa Whipple Drozdick, Barry Edelstein, Amy Fiske, Laura Lacritz, Karin J M McCoy, Dustin Wahlstrom

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Abstract

The study purpose was to compare the diagnostic utility of the Brief Cognitive Status Exam (BCSE) to that of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and to develop equated scorest of acilitate comparisons. One hundred and eighty-two patients underwent cognitive evaluation and were placed into three groups: dementia (DEM), cognitive impairment, nodementia (CIND), and no cognitiveim pairment (NCI). One hundred and eighty-two healthy controls from the BCSE standardization sample served as a comparison group. On both measures, the DEM group obtained significantly lower scores than the other two groups, and the CIND group scored significantly lower than the NCI group. The BCSE was more sensitive in all clinical groups, although at extremely low scores, the two tests displayed similar sensitivity. Results indicate the BCSE has diagnostic utility as a cognitive screening measure in a mixed clinical sample and is more sensitive at detecting cognitive impairment, particularly milder levels, than the MMSE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-467
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Cognitive screening
  • Dementia
  • Mild cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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