Authors: Tatiana Sadak, PhD, PMHNP, ARNP
Audience: Clinicians, Students, Clinical Instructors
Run time: Approximately 15 minutes

Patients with heart failure are sometimes cognitively impaired. This module describes useful methods in screening patients for cognitive impairment, identifying underlying causes and developing a treatment plan. A case study illustrates approaches to communicating findings to patients and families.

This online presentation includes audio, demonstrations, instructional methods, and examples.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to…

  1. Become familiar with prevalence of cognitive impairment in Heart Failure patients.
  2. Understand how to screen for cognitive impairment.
  3. Learn how to administer, score and interpret results of the Mini-Cog™, AD8 and PhQ-2 screening instruments.
  4. Rule out comorbidities and identify contributing factors that may affect cognition in heart failure such as cardiovascular pathology, medications, or the presence of depression.
  5. Disclose clinical findings to patients and families.
  6. Formulate diagnosis, treatment plan and initiating referrals.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the learner will be able to…

  1. Become familiar with prevalence of cognitive impairment in Heart Failure patients.
  2. Understand how to screen for cognitive impairment.
  3. Learn how to administer, score and interpret results of the Mini-Cog™, AD8 and PhQ-2 screening instruments.
  4. Rule out comorbidities and identify contributing factors that may affect cognition in heart failure such as cardiovascular pathology, medications, or the presence of depression.
  5. Disclose clinical findings to patients and families.
  6. Formulate diagnosis, treatment plan and initiating referrals.