Telephone screening of older adults using the orientation-memory-concentration test

C. A. Dellasega, L. Lacko, H. Singer, F. Salerno

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The inability to efficiently screen the cognitive status of homebound elderly patients can hamper clinicians' ability to plan for safe, appropriate care. In this study, the six-item Orientation-Memory-Concentration (OMC) Test was administered to 12 elderly patients during a routine office visit. That same afternoon, each participant was called at home and the OMC repeated by telephone. Test-retest correlation was excellent (Pearson's correlation = .992). Concurrent validity was supported by complete (100%) agreement between the clinicians' subjective impressions of the patients' mental status and OMC ratings. The outcome implies that telephone screening of cognitive status can be reliable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology


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