Evid Based Nurs 4:24 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.1.24
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The Hopkins Verbal Learning Test had high sensitivity and good specificity for detecting mild dementia in older people

Test characteristics for detecting mild dementia*

Scale, cut point Sensitivity (95% CI) Specificity (CI) Positive LR Negative LR
*LR=likelihood ratio, HVLT=Hopkins Verbal Learning Test, MMSE=Mini-Mental State Examination. Diagnostic terms defined in glossary. CIs and LRs calculated from data in article.
HVLT, 18/19 96% (80 to 100) 80% (61 to 92) 4.80 0.05
MMSE, 25/26 88% (67 to 98) 93% (78 to 99) 12.57 0.13

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