Ontario Geriatric Experts Co-Create Mobile Cognitive Screening Toolkit

January 26, 2021

PGLO colleagues have collaborated with the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) in the creation of the new AGS Cognitive Screening Toolkit, recently launched on the iGeriatrics app. The Toolkit can serve as a resource for clinicians to better understand cognitive screening tools, which have been validated in Primary Care settings and are available for free. The app introduces an easy-to-access resource that can help clinicians select the appropriate free, open-access cognitive screening test among those identified by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for use with primary care patients.

Users can browse each of the 10 free cognitive screening tests or narrow their choices using filters based on how the test is administered: whether it evaluates a patient’s executive function and/or short-term memory; whether it is simple or challenging to score; and whether it takes less or more than 10 minutes to complete.

“When it comes to screening for cognitive impairment, one size does not fit all — different and complementary approaches work in different situations and for different patients,” explained toolkit co-editor Dr. Frank Molnar, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa and co-author of a recent Journal of the American Geriatrics Society article about choosing practical cognitive screening tools for one’s practice. “The information and criteria in this new toolkit will empower primary care clinicians to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each free, open-access screening test and make decisions that are best for each individual patient.

Along with Dr. Molnar (RGPEO) and colleagues from the AGS, the writing team included the following colleagues from Ontario’s Specialized Geriatric Services (SGS), Dr. Sophiya Benjamin (PGLO), Melanie Briscoe (OT Reg. ON) (NESGC), Dr. Sabeen Ehsan (Seniors Care Network), and Stacey Hawkins (Seniors Care Network).

The AGS Cognitive Screening Toolkit is available as a feature of the AGS’ iGeriatrics App, free to downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, and as a free digital tool on GeriatricsCareOnline.org, the AGS portal for geriatrics tools and resources. The toolkit provides information on screening instruments only; it does not include information on tools for diagnosis or staging of cognitive impairment.