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Community Cognitive Screening Using the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE)
Douglas W. Scharre, M.D.; Shu Ing Chang, Pharm.D.; Haikady N. Nagaraja, Ph.D.; Jennifer Yager-Schweller, B.S.; Robert A. Murden, M.D.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2014;:. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13060145
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Division of Cognitive Neurology (DWS), Dept. of Neurology (DWS, S-IC), College of Public Health (HN) and College of Medicine (JY-S), and Department of Internal Medicine (RAM), The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH.

Correspondence: Douglas W. Scharre, M.D.; e-mail: Scharre.1@osu.edu

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Received June 30, 2013; Revised September 03, 2013; Accepted October 22, 2013.

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This study investigated the functionality of the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) for cognitive screening in community settings and examined its characteristics as a cognitive screening assessment tool. From 45 community events, 1,047 individuals over age 50 were screened with SAGE. Cognitive impairment was identified in 28%. Principal-component and correlation analysis indicate that SAGE is an internally-consistent test that is very well balanced, with language, cognition, visuospatial, executive, and memory domains. Community cognitive screening using SAGE was found to be feasible and efficient in diverse settings with both small and large groups.

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