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Korean Journal of Family Medicine 2010;31(4):253-266.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.2010.31.4.253    Published online April 20, 2010.
Diagnosis of Dementia: Neuropsychological Test.
Joon Hyun Shin
Department of Neurology, Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. neushin@hallym.ac.kr
치매의 진단: 신경심리검사
한림대학교 의과대학 강동성심병원 신경과
Dementia is the syndrome declined the human cognitive function, especially the memory. It is important that each sub-domain of cognition must be evaluated in the diagnosis of dementia. The neuropsychological test is needed for proper evaluation of the cognitive state of patients suspected dementia. Because many neuropsychological (NP) tests have been developed and validated in Korea, we have to understand the characteristics and the pros and cons of each test. Clinical Practical Guideline (CPG) for dementia has been developed by clinical research center for dementia since 2007 and NP tests that have been used and validated frequently in Korea was presented in this CPG. As elderly population increases, the more patients have been diagnosed as dementia. Therefore, the primary physician examining and diagnosing the dementia patients have to understand the NP test fundamentally.
Key Words: Dementia; Diagnosis; Cinical Pactice Guideline; Neuropsychological Test


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