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Chapter 05: Mental Status Assessment Jarvis: Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 7th Edition

Chapter 05: Mental Status Assessment Jarvis: Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 7th Edition

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Chapter 05: Mental Status Assessment
Jarvis: Physical Examination & Health Assessment, 7th Edition
MULTIPLE CHOICE
1.   During an examination, the nurse can assess mental status by which activity?
a.

Examining the patient’s electroencephalogram

b.

Observing the patient as he or she performs an intelligence quotient (IQ) test

c.

Observing the patient and inferring health or dysfunction

d.

Examining the patient’s response to a specific set of questions

2.   The nurse is assessing the mental status of a child. Which statement about children and mental status is true?
a.

All aspects of mental status in children are interdependent.

b.

Children are highly labile and unstable until the age of 2 years.

c.

Children’s mental status is largely a function of their parents’ level of functioning until the age of 7 years.

d.

A child’s mental status is impossible to assess until the child develops the ability to concentrate.

3.   The nurse is assessing a 75-year-old man. As the nurse begins the mental status portion of the assessment, the nurse expects that this patient:
a.

Will have no decrease in any of his abilities, including response time.

b.

Will have difficulty on tests of remote memory because this ability typically decreases with age.

c.

May take a little longer to respond, but his general knowledge and abilities should not have declined.

d.

Will exhibit had a decrease in his response time because of the loss of language and a decrease in general knowledge.

4.   When assessing aging adults, the nurse knows that one of the first things that should be assessed before making judgments about their mental status is:
a.

Presence of phobias

b.

General intelligence

c.

Presence of irrational thinking patterns

d.

Sensory-perceptive abilities

5.   The nurse is preparing to conduct a mental status examination. Which statement is true regarding the mental status examination?
a.

A patient’s family is the best resource for information about the patient’s coping skills.

b.

Gathering mental status information during the health history interview is usually sufficient.

c.

Integrating the mental status examination into the health history interview takes an enormous amount of extra time.

d.

To get a good idea of the patient’s level of functioning, performing a complete mental status examination is usually necessary.


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