Cognistat is the preferred screening tool for healthcare professionals who need an accurate and reliable cognitive assessment method to triage patients. It was designed to provide a rapid analysis of major cognitive impairments in medical and psychiatric settings, particularly in situations where patients are unable to cooperate with lengthy testing regimens. The test requires 15-20 minutes to administer.
Developed by Ralph J. Kiernan PhD, Jonathan Mueller MD and J. William Langston MD, Cognistat has been in use for over thirty years in a wide range of fields: Elder Care, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Rehabilitation, Substance Abuse and Trauma.
Cognistat’s development was based on the principle that cognitive functions are discrete and need to be assessed independently using specific tasks. Ten separate sub-tests assess the major domains of cognitive functioning: orientation, attention, language, spatial skills, memory, calculations and reasoning. The results are displayed as a graphic profile of the patient’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses.