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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


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SLUMS - online

Clock Drawing Test




  • 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

Accuracy : 

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  

Psychological Assessment

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The Psychological Assessment is one of 8 domains of the

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)

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