More about the GPCOG

The GPCOG is a reliable, valid and efficient instrument to screen for dementia specifically in a primary care setting.1,2 The GPCOG performs at least as well as the standard screening tool, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE),2,3 but it only takes 4 minutes to administer the patient assessment and 2 minutes to interview the caregiver. Reviews of dementia screening tools for the primary care setting recommend the use of the GPCOG.4-6 The GPCOG score is not influenced by the cultural and linguistic background of a person making it an invaluable screening tool especially in multicultural patient settings.7 

The aim of this website is to support GPs in administering the GPCOG and to facilitate screening for dementia and cognitive impairment. This website provides GP guidelines and other useful information for better management of dementia patients and their families.


The English GPCOG has been translated into many languages, including Arabic,
CantoneseDutch, FarsiFrenchGreek, German, HungarianItalianKoreanMandarin,
PolishPortugueseRomanian, Russian, SinhaleseSpanishThai and Welsh.7-9
Translations into other languages are currently under way in several countries all over the world.

World map of available GPCOG translations

Print a paper version of the GPCOG in your language


Before you administer GPCOG for the first time, please review the following:

Make sure you have read the instructions (on the first page of the test)

Watch the training video

At the end of each assessment you will have the chance to print off a results page for your records.

Begin the assessment when ready.

Begin Test


  1. Brodaty, H., Kemp, N.M. and Low, L.-F., Characteristics of the GPCOG, a screening tool for cognitive impairment. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2004. 19(9):870-4.
  2. Brodaty, H., et al., The GPCOG: a new screening test for dementia designed for general practice. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2002. 50(3):530-4.
  3. Brodaty, H., et al., Screening for Dementia in Primary Care: A Comparison of the GPCOG and the MMSEDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 2016. 42(5-6):323-330 
  4. Lorentz, W.J., Scanlan, J.M. and Borson, S., Brief screening tests for dementia. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie, 2002. 47(8):723-33.
  5. Milne, A., et al., Screening for dementia in primary care: a review of the use, efficacy and quality of measures. International Psychogeriatrics, 2008. 20(5):911-26.
  6. Brodaty, H., et al., What is the best dementia screening instrument for general practitioners to use? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2006. 14(5):391-400.
  7. Basic, D., et al., Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale, Mini-Mental State Examination and General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition in a multicultural cohort of community-dwelling older persons with early dementia. Australian Psychologist, 2009. 44(1):40-53
  8. Thomas, P., et al., Interet du GPCOG pour le reperage d’une population agee a risque eleve de demence. Psychol NeuroPsychiatr Vieil, 2006. 4(1):1-9
  9. Pirani, A., et al., The validation of the Italian version of the GPCOG (GPCOG-IT): A contribution to cross-national implementation of a screening test for dementia in general practice. Int Psychogeriatr, 2010. 22(1):82-90.
  10. Li, X., et al., Validation of the General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition Chinese version (GPCOG-C) in China. Int Psychogeriatr, 2013. 25(10):1649-1657.


The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre is funded by the Australian government. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the NSW Department for Health supported the development of an online tool for the GPCOG.

The original website development was only possible thanks to support from the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly, Canada (NICE) and the International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly (ICCE). Henry Brodaty, Dimity Pond and Brian Draper were the project leaders.


Philippe Thomas from France, Alessandro Pirani from Italy, Christos Lionis from Greece, Li Xia from China, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield from Israel, Dong-Woo Lee from South Korea, Cassio Bottino and Monica Yassuda from Brazil, Horacio Firmino from Portugal, Agnieszka Luczak-Piatek from Poland, Jiranan Griffiths from Thailand, Mohamed Khater from Egypt, Razvan Ioan Trascu from Romania, Miro Hanzevacki from Croatia, Muhammad Mussaffa Butt from Pakistan, Farideh Lashkary from Iran, Hakan Yaman from Turkey, Gwerfyl Roberts from Wales, Szilvia Heim from Hungary, Vipula Wijesiri from Sri Lanka, and their teams translated, validated or are currently validating the GPCOG in their countries.


The content of this website was developed by Henry Brodaty, Katrin Seeher and Liesbeth Aerts.

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