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Title: Long-term neuropsychological and psychosocial outcomes of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
Author: Crooks, Suzanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 5777
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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Purpose: This study aimed to identify the long-term cognitive impairments arising from Hypoxic Ischaemic Brian Injury (HIBI) in a group of patients at least one year post insult. The long term psycho-social impact and carer burden associated with HIBI were also investigated. Method: A case series design was employed to facilitate detailed analysis of individual profiles. A battery of neuropsychological measures was administered to all participants. Cognitive domains assessed included premorbid and current IQ, visual and auditory recognition, immediate and delayed recall, auditory and visual attention, divided attention, executive functioning and visuo-spatial ability. HIBI survivors and a nominated family member also completed questionnaires relating to depression, anxiety, quality of life and caregiver strain. Results: Participants performed largely within estimated levels of premorbid functioning and any impairment was distributed across domains. Clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety were reported in both carers and HIBI smvivors and the carers' response suggested a high level of strain associated with caring. Conclusions: Results provide further support for the HIBI- bimodal distribution hypothesis. The use of premorbid measures and the inclusion of a caregiver assessment in neurorehabilitation interventions are indicated.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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