Importance of different language versions of cognitive screening tests: Comparison of Irish and English versions of the MMSE in bilingual Irish patients.

The mini mental state examination (MMSE) is widely used across Ireland to assess cognition, even in areas where the first language is Irish. This study translated the exam into Irish and tested performances of both English and Irish versions in a bilingual older hospital population. Scores were significantly higher for the Irish Version with the greatest difference being among those who had been monolingual Irish speakers up to 5 years. While they acknowledge the limitations of the study being carried out in a small region, the authors suggest it has wider implications across Europe where bilingualism is common.
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Importance of different language versions of cognitive screening tests: Comparison of Irish and English versions of the MMSE in bilingual Irish patients.
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2015
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Chaoimh, D.N., De Bhaldraithe, S., O'Malley, G., Bhuí, C.M.A. and O’Keeffe, S.T., 2015. Importance of different language versions of cognitive screening tests: Comparison of Irish and English versions of the MMSE in bilingual Irish patients. European Geriatric Medicine, 6(6), pp.551-553.