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Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis: The role of the general practitioner in cognitive screening and care coordination

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Longley, WA and Honan, C, Cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis: The role of the general practitioner in cognitive screening and care coordination, Australian Journal of General Practice, 51, (4) pp. 225-231. ISSN 2208-794X (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2022 Australian journal of general practice.

DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-08-21-6145

Abstract

Background: Cognitive impairment is common in multiple sclerosis (MS) and can have an impact on all aspects of daily life. It is also an early marker of increased MS disease activity and indicates the need to optimise disease-modifying therapies to slow progression and preserve brain functioning. However, it is difficult to detect on clinical interview alone, and patient self-report is unreliable.

Objective: General practitioners (GP) can have a key role in the screening and initial management of cognitive impairment, but they need the right tools to do so. This aim of this article is to describe the best cognitive screening tools to use in MS and some psychological screening tools that can provide useful additional clinical information.

Discussion: The various ways in which information gleaned from applying these tools can guide GPs' care plans related to the effective management and treatment of cognitive impairment during three stages in the trajectory of cognitive change in MS are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cognition, multiple sclerosis, general practitioner, screening
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Clinical neuropsychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Honan, C (Dr Cynthia Honan)
ID Code:150947
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2022-07-07
Last Modified:2022-11-23
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