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Half the survivors of aneurysm related subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH) become dependent,1 and half of those described as functionally independent are said to have cognitive deficits which seriously impact on everyday life.2 ,3 In a previous issue of JNNP, Wong et al evaluated the relative utility of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) bedside screening tools 3 months after aSAH.4
Cognitive impairment is a devastating and common outcome after aSAH and should be incorporated in outcome assessment in aSAH research,2 ,3 especially where the deficits can be related to potential treatment targets. Unfortunately, a ‘gold standard’ battery of neuropsychological tests for …
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