Purpose of the measure
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) was designed as a rapid screening instrument for the detection of mild cognitive impairment. It was developed in response to the poor sensitivity of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in distinguishing clients with mild cognitive impairment from normal elderly clients (Nasreddine et al., 2005). Thus, the MoCA is intended for clients with memory complaints who score within the normal range on the MMSE.
The MoCA assesses the following cognitive domains: attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visuoconstructional skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation. The measure can be used, but is not limited to patients with stroke.
Author*: Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT; Katie Marvin, MSc PT Candidate
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc
Evidence reviewed as of before 20-01-2011