Canadians Develop Charts to Help Doctors Track Cognitive Performance in Those at Risk of Dementia

Canadians Develop Charts to Help Doctors Track Cognitive Performance in Those at Risk of Dementia
Canadian researchers have developed a simple tool to track cognitive performance, so doctors can identify those at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. QuoCo consists of charts that show what a healthy person's cognitive performance ought to be. It takes into account the person's age, education and other factors. QuoCo stands for cognitive quotient. Researchers published an article about the tool in CMAJ, the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The title is “Validation and diagnostic accuracy of predictive curves for age-associated longitudinal cognitive decline in older adults.” "Similar to growth charts used in pediatrics, the QuoCo cognitive charts allow physicians to plot cognitive performance of any patient based on age, education and score on the Mini-Mental State Examination, and track cognitive change over time," Robert Laforce Jr., a professor at the University of Laval in Quebec City, said in a press release. "This would allow physicians to intervene and potentially treat an older adult who fell off the curve." An interdisciplinary team of researchers from several Canadian institutions, including the University of Laval and the CHU of Quebec at the University of Laval Research Center, took part in the chart-creation effort. There are no cures for Alzheimer’s or other dementias. But therapies are bei
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