The SLUMS Test: Did you know that each question on the test is assessing Axis I-V of brain function?

Has your loved one recently been administered the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS) by a healthcare professional? It would have involved questions like “What day of the week is it?, What is the year?, What state are we in?”. If so, each question from the examination is testing one of the five axes of the brain. Here is a link to the SLUMS test:

Below is a brief description of each axis and the questions within the SLUMS test assigned to that axis:

Axis I

Concentration and Attentiveness: SLUMS Questions 5 & 8.

Axis II

Impairment of Recent Memory: SLUMS Questions 4, 7 & 11

Axis III

Impairment of Past Memory: SLUMS Questions 6, 9 & 10

Axis IV

Orientation: SLUMS Questions 1, 2 & 3

Axis V

Functioning and Self-Care: This portion of the test is done using the ADL, IADLs, and GDS Assessment Forms. Here is a link:

Tam Cummings, PhD, Gerontologist

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