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Cognitive Exam

Assessing Attention



    • How to Assess

    • Serial sevens - ask the patient to subtract 7 from 100. Ask them to repeat this subtraction five times.
    • DLROW - ask the patient to spell WORLD backward.
    • Months - ask the patient to recite the months of the year backward.
    • Causes of Poor Attention

    • Normal
    • Delirium
    • Mania
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychosis
    • Advanced age
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