Resources for the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment based
Proactive and Personalised Primary Care of the Elderly
Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam
Purpose : Screen individuals to look for the presence of cognitive deficits, and to identify changes in cognition over time.
Admin time : 10-15 min
User Friendly : High
Administered by : Healthcare provider or self administered
Content : The SLUMS consists of 11 items, and measures aspects of cognition that include orientation, short-term memory, calculations, the naming of animals, the clock drawing test, and recognition of geometric figures.
Author : Tariq SH et al, 2006
Copyright: Public domain
Translations: SLUMS is available in other languages, access
Free to use
Suggests cutoff scores for minimal cognitive impairment and dementia.
Takes into account potential education effects by providing different cutoff scores for those with less than a high school education and those with high school or more education.
The instructions are standardized, allowing for ease of use by clinic staff.
Paucity of psychometric data regarding its validity and reliability
the SLUMS test shows a strong discriminatory power in differentiating dementia (sensitivity: 94.74%, specificity:
87.18%) from cognitive impairment (sensitivity: 82.86%, specificity: 86.96%). (Szcześniak D, 2016)
SLUMS is superior to the MMSE in identifying people with milder cognitive problems.
SLUMS training video
This Tool is used in Dementia
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Dementia is one of 4 sub-domains of the
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The Psychological Assessment is one of 8 domains of the
Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)
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