The NUCOG is a cognitive screening tool first developed in the Neuropsychiatry Unit in 2000. It is a tool that combines a thorough coverage of major cognitive domains (attention, memory, language, executive and visuospatial function) with relative brevity and ease of use.

Validated in a variety of psychiatric, neurologic and general medical populations, NUCOG provides a multidimensional profile of an individual's cognitive status. When integrated with a clinical assessment, this can greatly assist in the diagnosis and management of cognitive disorders and serve as a guide to more in-depth formal neuropsychological testing.

NUCOG can be used and administered by psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, medical practitioners and other allied health practitioners. It is in widespread use throughout Australia, particularly in psychiatric and neurological settings.

NUCOG consists of:

  • NUCOG Manual, which includes essential information such as the purpose of the tool, development, administration instructions, scoring and guidelines for interpretation as well as research data.
  • NUCOG Interview Schedule, which enables testers to be able to administer the test, score items and take notes. A cognitive profile is also included to provide a quick, graphic representation of test scores. (The pencil and paper version also includes the Subject Completion Sheet, for spatial and written task completion; this is built into the schedule in the iPad version).
  • NUCOG Cognitive Profile, which displays the results across the five cognitive domains of the NUCOG, with reference to population norms.

Why use the NUCOG? The NUCOG provides multidimensional scoring, covers areas of cognitive function that other tools neglect (executive functioning, spatial memory), is portable and straightforward to use with minimal training. The NUCOG is suitable for use in general medical, neurological, psychiatric and geriatric settings.