What are the Methods for Diagnosing MCI? Speech-language pathologists will be increasingly called upon to screen for, identify, and assess mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as the population ages. The diagnosis of MCI involves several professionals and requires an evaluation of normal and abnormal cognition and cognitive-communication, which a speech-language pathologist is in a unique position to provide. ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
What are the Methods for Diagnosing MCI?
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  • Sarah Key-DeLyria
    Portland State University, Portland, OR
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Article   |   May 01, 2013
What are the Methods for Diagnosing MCI?
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 23, 1-9. doi:10.1044/nnsld23.1.14
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 23, 1-9. doi:10.1044/nnsld23.1.14

Speech-language pathologists will be increasingly called upon to screen for, identify, and assess mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as the population ages. The diagnosis of MCI involves several professionals and requires an evaluation of normal and abnormal cognition and cognitive-communication, which a speech-language pathologist is in a unique position to provide. The general diagnostic criteria for MCI diagnosis are largely agreed upon at this point in time, and subtypes of MCI are receiving increasing attention. Early identification of MCI and detailed characterization of functioning will be more important as therapy targeting prevention of dementia and early cognitive dysfunction is developed. Speech-language pathologists should have a working knowledge of the diagnostic criteria and currently accepted subtypes in order to serve this population.

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