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Apathy: A common neurobehavioural problem

Braine, ME 2010, 'Apathy: A common neurobehavioural problem' , British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 6 (7) , pp. 335-441.

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Apathy is a common behaviour in many neurological conditions, yet it lacks a consensus on its definition. Furthermore, there is a lack of validated standardized assessment tools for detecting apathy and assessing its severity. In this article, apathy will be further discussed to increase neuroscience nurses’ knowledge and understanding of this common problem, and call attention to the concept of apathy in the neuroscience setting. The definition of apathy and the assessment tools to quantify and characterize apathy will be reviewed. The evidence underlying this pathophysiology will be considered along with its relation to associated conditions such as traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally a consideration of the treatment options will highlight the need for future research into this important phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1747-0307
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 15:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:47

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