The Mental Status Exam: Orientation and Intellectual Ability

One of the tools that a case manager might use to assess a client is the Mental Status Exam (MSE). The MSE has several domains, and right now we'll go over the components of the "Orientation and Intellectual Ability" domain:

A. Orientation - time, person, place, and self. The individual should be asked questions such as the day of the week, month, the date, where he/or she lives, where he/or she is now, and if he/or she knows who he/or she is.

B. Intellectual Ability - above average, average, below average.