Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ)

Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ) Pfeiffer‚ 1975
1.    What is the date today?
(Month ______ Day ______ Year ______)
2.    What day of the week is it?
3.    What is the name of this place?
4.    What is your telephone number?
4A. What is your street address? (Ask only if patient does not have a telephone)
5.    How old are you?
6.    When were you born?
7.    Who is the President of the U.S. now?
8.    Who was President just before him?
9.    What was your mother’s maiden name?
10.Subtract 3 from 20 and keep subtracting 3 from each new number‚ all the way down.
• 0 – 2 errors = Intact Intellectual Functioning
• 3 – 4 errors = Mild Intellectual Impairment
• 5 – 7 errors = Moderate Intellectual Impairment
• 8 – 10 errors = Severe Intellectual Impairment
(Allow one more error for a subject with only a grade school education. Allow one less error for a subject with education beyond high school. Allow one more error for African-American subjects‚ using identical educational criteria.)

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