SLUMS (Saint Louis Mental Status Exam)

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The Saint Louis Mental Status Exam (SLUMS) was developed at the Saint Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a tool for cognitive screening.  It takes slightly less time to administer compared to the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), 8 minutes as opposed to 12 on average.  Based on the evidence, “the sensitivity of the SLUMS examination to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia in individuals with less than a high school education values was 0.92 and 1.00, respectively, and the specificity was 0.81 and 0.98, respectively. The sensitivity of SLUMS examination to detect MCI and dementia in individuals with a high school education or greater was 0.95 and 0.98, respectively, and the specificity was 0.76 and 1.00, respectively.”  


Cummings-Vaughn LA, Chavakula NN, Malmstrom TK, Tumosa N, Morley JE, Cruz-Oliver DM. 2014. Veterans affairs saint louis university mental status examination compared with the montreal cognitive assessment and the short test of mental status. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 62:1341-1346.

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