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Neuropsychiatry Unit Cognitive Assessment Tool - NUCOG

Author(s): Mark Walterfang and Dennis Velakoulis

Publisher: ACER Press 2008

Purpose: provides a multidimensional profile of an individual's cognitive status
Candidates: 18+
Administration: 15 minutes

NUCOG, the Neuropsychiatry Unit Cognitive Assessment Tool, is a pen-and-paper cognitive screening tool that combines a thorough coverage of major cognitive domains (attention, memory, language, executive and visuospatial function) with relative brevity and ease of use.

Validated in a wide variety of psychiatric, neurologic and general medical populations, NUCOG provides a multidimensional profile of an individual's cognitive status. When integrated with a clinical assessment, this can greatly assist in the diagnosis and management of cognitive disorders and serve as a guide to more in-depth formal neuropsychological testing.

The NUCOG can be used and administered by psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, medical practitioners and other allied health practitioners.

The NUCOG consists of:

  • NUCOG Manual, which includes essential information such as the purpose of the tool, development, administration instructions, scoring and guidelines for interpretation as well as research data.
  • NUCOG Interview Schedule, which enables testers to be able to administer the test, score items and take notes. A cognitive profile is also included to provide a quick, graphic representation of test scores.
  • NUCOG Subject Completion Sheet, which includes some writing or drawing activities for the patient.

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About the Authors

The authors of NUCOG are well renowned in the area of neuropsychiatry.

Mark Walterfang is a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia and a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne and North-Western Mental Health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Member of the International Neuropsychiatric Association.

Dennis Velakoulis is Director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Clinical Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health. Dennis has a Master of Medicine in Clinical Neurosciences and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

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Code / ISBN Title Price
A990NUC NUCOG Kit Specialist $157.95
A500NUC NUCOG Manual Specialist $134.95
A100NUC NUCOG Interview Schedule & Subject Completion Sheet (pkg 10 each) Specialist $29.95



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