Screening Tools

A list of clinical assessment and screening tools in multiple languages useful for clinicians working with clients who are non-English speakers or have limited English speaking ability. The screening tools can be used as a source of collateral information when formulating a diagnosis. The best judgment relies on multiple types and sources of knowledge. When using translated screening tools, it’s important to start by having the interpreter read back to the health practitioner in English, the translated version to ensure accuracy. Screening tools can be useful for clients to chart their own progress when repeated over time. Watch for over compliance (too many yes responses) or non compliance (too many no responses) when administering screening questionnaires.

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Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in Multiple Languages

The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for complaints of memory problem, it can be used by clinicians to help diagnose dementia and to help assess its progression and severity, authorised translations of the MMSE are available on application.

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Kessler (K10) in Multiple Languages

The Kessler (K10) measure is intended to yield a global measure of ‘psychological distress’, based on questions about the level of anxiety and depressive symptoms in the patient’s most recent 4-week period, available in 29 languages.

M-CHAT in Multiple Languages

The M-CHAT tool can be used as part of a well-child check-up, and can also be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for Autism (ASD), multiple translations are available, validation of these translations is still underway.

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MediBabble - Medical Translation App in Multiple Languages

MediBabble is a free medical translation tool, it can be used for history-taking and examination application to support medical diagnosis and treatment for non-English speakers, available in multiple languages. 

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Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) in Multiple Languages

The MOCA is used for detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment in multiple conditions including MCI/Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Cognitive Impairment, Parkinson and Fronto-temporal dementia. This test and administration instructions are freely accessible at www.mocatest.org by registration and is available in 35 languages or dialects.

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Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS) In Multiple Languages

The RUDAS is a short multicultural cognitive screening instrument designed to minimise the effects of cultural learning and language diversity on the assessment of baseline cognitive performance.