NUCOG

The NUCOG is a cognitive screening tool developed in the unit in 2000, which was designed to address the limitations in commonly-used screening tools - particularly for patients with executive function impairment. Since 2008 the NUCOG has been published by ACER press.

The NUCOG is multidimensional, with scores available across five domains, and provides a cognitive "profile" of function. More information can be found at the website here, or on the Cognitive Tools tab on the menu at the top of the page.
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COGRISK

The CogRisk is a questionnaire designed to be filled in by carers and relatives of a patient with suspected cognitive impairment, with the aim of providing a useful objective measure of cognitive function.

The CogRisk, like the NUCOG, provides a multidimensional profile of observed cognitive function, and forms a highly useful way to capture cognitive data from informants. Scores on the CogRisk have been shown to correlate highly with directly measured cognitive function, and when combined with the NUCOG it provides highly clinically useful corroborative cognitive information on patient cognition. It is used extensively in outpatient settings in the Neuropsychiatry Unit.

The CogRisk is freely available; go to the Cognitive Tools tab on the menu at the top of the page.
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BATCH

The BATCH is an observational tool for the external rating of cognitive function by clinicians or professional caregivers. It was designed to be a metric of observed cognitive function for patients with limited capacity to comply with formal cognitive testing, such as those with significant behavioural disturbance, language difficulties, or other factors that make formal cognitive testing difficult. It is an ideal way to capture crucial observational cognitive data from staff who spend the most time with inpatients.

It has been used extensively in the Neuropsychiatry Unit by occupational therapy and nursing staff, and provides a multidimensional profile of cognitive function. It is ideally suited to inpatient settings, psychogeriatric units, community care/residental units, and nursing homes.

The BATCH is freely available; go to the Cognitive Tools tab on the menu at the top of the page.
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