Mental status guide: FROMAJE for use with frail elders.

M. J. Dolamore, L. S. Libow, M. N. Mulvihill, E. M. Olson, P. G. Sack, K. D. Engberg, P. Starer

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1. There is no single pathognomonic sign, symptom, or clinical or laboratory test for making the diagnosis of dementia. A key element of the examination must be the inclusion of a mental status evaluation. 2. The FROMAJE--an acronym for Function, Reasoning, Orientation, Memory, Arithmetic, Judgment, and Emotion--Mental Status Guide (FMSG) has the advantage of a clear relationship between the acronym and the characteristics being measured. 3. The FMSG is meant to serve as a guide for the primary care clinician, who may have little experience in formal mental status testing. It is a convenient cognitive screening instrument to detect dementia in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994


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