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Apathy a common feature in many neurological conditions: care and management

Braine, ME 2014, 'Apathy a common feature in many neurological conditions: care and management' , Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 24 (2) , pp. 12-22.

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Abstract

Apathy is associated with many neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia and is primarily a dysfunction of the frontal-subcortical circuit. Despite being common, it is often under recognised, not viewed as problematic, or misdiagnosed as depression. Various definitions of apathy are offered in the literature along with various assessment tools and prevalence amongst various neurological conditions. This paper discusses the diagnosis criteria along with the importance of an accurate and timely assessment in aiding healthcare practitioners in caring for patients with apathy, and can be a useful starting point for rehabilitative efforts. Apathy can be profoundly disabling for both the patient and their caregivers, and is associated with a number of adverse outcomes such as a negative impact on daily life and quality of life, potential for poorer rehabilitation outcomes and increased burden on caregivers. Areas for further research and development are also presented

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Neuroscience
Publisher: Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1032-335X
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Mary E. Braine
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 13:13
Last Modified: 21 May 2015 13:13
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/33435

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