A simple screening test with a potential to detect diabetic cognitive impairment in the geriatric population: a preliminary study

Trushna, T and Mohan, DS and Nair, S and Manjunatha, S (2011) A simple screening test with a potential to detect diabetic cognitive impairment in the geriatric population: a preliminary study. Student Medical Journal of Colombo, 3 (1). pp. 17-21.

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Abstract

Objective: To identify a test to screen for cognitive impairment due to diabetes which can be used easily, without specialized training, by all healthcare professionals in the primary care setup. Methodology: The study was conducted in five healthy and five diabetic male subjects using a neurocognitive screening instrument named the 7 Minute Screen which consisted of a battery of four tests, each focusing on an area of cognition compromised in mild cognitive impairment – orientation, memory, visuospatial ability and expressive language. Results: A significant reduction in orientation was seen in chronic diabetics compared to healthy age matched control group along with a higher risk of developing dementia, suggesting a role for type-2 diabetes mellitus in aggravating normal cognitive derangement with age. But further studies have to be done to rule out other confounding factors. Conclusion: Though similar studies have been conducted in the past using other tests, this test has the added benefits of simplicity, affordability and convenience with potential use as a routine screening test for early detection of people with high risk of developing diabetes induced dementia. It can be a promising follow-up tool to check for improvements or deteriorations in cognitive functions of diabetic patients in the primary care setup.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Physiology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 04:45
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 04:45
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76866

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