Domain : Diagnosis

Category : My daily life

Simplified definition

A short questionnaire designed to assess a person’s brain functions and check for disorders.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is a cognitive test that is commonly used as part of the evaluation for possible dementia.”

Source: Creavin ST, Wisniewski S, Noel‐Storr AH, Trevelyan CM, Hampton T, Rayment D et al. Mini‐Mental State Examination (MMSE) for the detection of dementia in clinically unevaluated people aged 65 and over in community and primary care populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016.


“The MMSE has been found to be sensitive to the severity of dementia in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The total score is useful in documenting cognitive change over time. Patients with AD typically show an annual decline of 3 points on the MMSE.”

Source: Bernard BA, Goldman JG. MMSE – Mini-Mental State Examination. In: Encyclopedia of Movement Disorders. Chicago: Elsevier Ltd ; 2010. p. 187-189.


  • “MMSE” stands for “Mini-mental state examination”.
  • Specifically, the test assesses memory, orientation in space and time, learning ability, language, attention, and the ability to perform tasks.
  • It is widely used in the screening of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, but it is not enough to make a diagnosis.


MMSE test / Folstein test



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