The authors are all affiliated with Braintree Hospital in Braintree, MA: Nancy Le is a nurse practitioner in neurology; Colleen Venti is a continuing care nurse; and Elaine Levin is a staff nurse.
Initial Assessment of Patient Cognition in a Rehabilitation Hospital
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
1994 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 19, Issue 5, pages 293–297, September-October 1994
How to Cite
Le, N., Venti, C. R. and Levin, E. R. (1994), Initial Assessment of Patient Cognition in a Rehabilitation Hospital. Rehabilitation Nursing, 19: 293–297. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1994.tb00825.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
A descriptive study was undertaken to ascertain that the cognitive assessment done by nursing staff on patients' admission to a rehabilitation hospital specifically relates to the rehabilitation population. The study took place on a 40-bed general rehabilitation unit. Eighteen patients were evaluated consecutively using a modified mental status examination. Findings demonstrated that the initial cognitive assessment of the rehabilitation patient should include level of consciousness, orientation, insight, recall, attention, visual-spatial skills, affect, and speech. In this article, the authors describe the study results and illustrate the implications for rehabilitation nursing in a case study.