Simple Office Screen May Predict Parkinson’s Dementia

A simple, office-based screening tool scale can rapidly and accurately assess dementia risk in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a 4-year, prospective, multi-center study.

The Montreal Parkinson Risk of Dementia Scale (MoPaRDS) identified elements specific to PD and demonstrated predictive validity equal to or greater than other cognitive impairment algorithms, reported Ronald Postuma, MD, MSc, of Montreal General Hospital in Canada and colleagues in JAMA Neurology.

“With this clinical prediction tool, dementia risk in Parkinson’s patients can be calculated in a single office visit without any statistical software,” the study’s first author, Benjamin Dawson of the University of Ottawa, told¬†MedPage Today.

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