Operationalizing The Detection Of Cognitive Impairment During The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit In A Primary Care Setting

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

March 1, 2013

Last Updated Month/Year

June 22, 2023

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

To provide primary care physicians with guidance on cognitive assessment during the AWV, and when referral or further testing is needed, the Alzheimer's Association convened a group of experts to develop recommendations.

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Long term care

Intended Users

Social worker, psychologist, nurse practitioner, nurse, medical assistant, counselor, physician, physician assistant


Assessment and screening, Diagnosis

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D000066492 - Cognitive Aging, D003704 - Dementia, D060825 - Cognitive Dysfunction


dementia, mild cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, Alzheimer disease

Source Citation

Cyndy B. Cordell, Soo Borson, Malaz Boustani, Joshua Chodosh, David Reuben, Joe Verghese, William Thies, Leslie B. Fried,
Alzheimer's Association recommendations for operationalizing the detection of cognitive impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit in a primary care setting, Alzheimer's & Dementia, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2013, Pages 141-150, ISSN 1552-5260, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2012.09.011.

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