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Long term cognitive change in stroke patients: A follow up study
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Stroke causes long term disabilities in cognitive function in an increasing number of people. Previous research has found several cognitive domains to be impaired post stroke.  There is, however a lack of studies that examine cognitive change in the same group of stroke survivors long term. The aim of this study was to examine the long term change in cognitive function in a group of stroke survivors. A cohort study was made, testing the same group of 25 stroke survivors within the first eight months and then 9-11 years after stroke with a neuropsychological test battery. The major findings were that the cognitive domains executive functioning, processing speed and working memory improved significantly between assessments. Sixty percent of the participants improved their overall cognitive function long term. The conclusion is that cognitive impairments post stroke continue to improve over a long period of time, not only the first years after stroke, which could explain the bigger improvement in long term cognitive function found in this study compared to previous research. 

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2016. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
Long term cognitive change, stroke, executive function, information processing speed, working memory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114403OAI: diva2:895181
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Examensarbete i psykologi
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Study Programme for University Diploma in Psychology
Available from: 2016-01-22 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-03-08Bibliographically approved

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