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National audit of cognitive assessment in people with pwMND A national audit of cognitive assessment in people with motor neurone disease (pwMND) in Scotland

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Early online date20 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2020


Cognitive and behavioral abnormalities are recognized as an integral part of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and occur at all stages of the disease. The early detection of cognitive and behavioral symptoms in MND is critical. Such symptoms are only reported when we explicitly ask, evaluate, document, and assess. In the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) MND guideline (2016), formal cognitive and behavioral assessment is incorporated in MND management and is fundamental to providing appropriate care to pwMND. Cognition is explicitly stated in 14 separate recommendations in the guidelines. The NICE guidelines therefore constitute pre-defined standards which we audited. This audit highlights that health professionals increasingly recognize the significance of cognitive screening in MND and follow more structured approaches in implementing this compared to previous years.

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  • Motor neurone disease, cognition, cognitive assessment

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