Six Item Cognitive Impairment TestMay 12 2014
The Six Item Cognitive Impairment Test (6CIT) is a brief cognitive function test which takes less than five minutes and is widely used in primary care settings.
It involves three orientation items – counting backwards from 20, stating the months of the year in reverse and learning an address.
6CIT correlates highly with the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) , which is copyrighted, and now incurs a cost for each use. Some researchers suggest that the 6CIT has advantages over the MMSE in hospitals settings .
It shows good sensitivity for detecting mild dementia as well being culturally unbiased. However, validation data is limited.
Access the Kingshill Version 2000® of the 6CIT test online at www.patient.co.uk/doctor/six-item-cognitive-impairment-test-6cit
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