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The Joy of Tests: Use it or Lose it

A cognitive assessment can be used to gain an understanding of a person’s higher mental functions, and how these skills and abilities impact on their lives. The potential benefits of assessment include: obtaining a profile of cognitive deficits and strengths to assist formulation and treatment plans; clarifying cognitive profiles that exist alongside co-morbid mental health issues which may aid diagnosis (- e.g. differentiating between progressive and non-progressive conditions); assisting clients, families, carers and colleagues in understanding cognitive issues and the likely impact on the client’s everyday function; and, providing evidence to assist with decisions about Capacity issues.

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