Baylor Profound Mental Status Examination
The BPMSE is a brief but comprehensive structured assessment designed and validated for use in patients with severe AD (MMSE scores of 10 or less) (Doody et al., Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 1999;13:53-9). It can be performed during 5-10 minutes of direct interaction with the patient and without the use of any special test materials or input from a caregiver.
The instrument is divided into brief cognitive, behavioral, communication, and social interaction sections. The cognitive section is scored from 0-25 with higher scores indicating better function. It assesses orientation, naming, comprehension, repetition, attention, and psychomotor skills by specific questions scaled down to the expectations for severely affected patients. The behavior section scores