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Adapting the mini mental status to the context of the West-Indies Volume 15, issue 1, Mars 2017

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1 Centre hospitalier universitaire Martinique, Pôle de gériatrie et gérontologie, Fort-de-France, France
2 Université McGill, Département de médecine de famille, Montréal, Canada
3 Université Paris Descartes, Laboratoire psychopathologie et processus de santé (EA4057), Paris, France
4 Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôpital Broca, Centre mémoire de ressources et de recherche, Paris, France
5 Centre hospitalier et universitaire Martinique, Département de psychologie, Fort-de-France, France
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The mini mental state examination(MMSE) has become a benchmark for the screening and follow-up of cognitive impairment. The numerous translations of the MMS into other languages attest to its popularity. Clinical practice suggests that the consensual French version from the Greco (Groupe de réflexion sur les évaluations cognitives – Research working group for cognitive assessment) is not adapted to the West-Indies population because of the low socio-economic level and the widespread use of the Creole language among the elderly population. Modification of certain items by a multidisciplinary committee made it possible to adapt the instrument to the Creole culture. This procedure increases comprehension of the instrument, and should lead to improved detection of cognitive impairment in the West-Indies.