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Working memory and attention are still impaired after three years in patients with stress-related exhaustion
Institute of Stress Medicine, Gothenburg.
University of Gothenburg.
Institute of Stress Medicine, Gothenburg.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. Jämtland County Council.
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2017 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 58, no 6, p. 504-509Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cognitive impairment is one of the most pronounced symptoms reported by patients with stress-related mental health problems. Impairments related to executive function and to some extent speed and attention are therefore common in patients with stress-related burnout/exhaustion. In this paper we present a follow-up of cognitive performance in patients with stress-related exhaustion several years after they initially sought medical care. Thirty patients and 27 healthy controls, mean age 49 years (SD 6.5) and 55 years (SD 6.7) respectively, were included, all of whom had undergone baseline measurements of neuropsychological functioning. The mean follow-up time was three years. Half of the patients still reported mental health problems at follow-up and over time no major changes in cognitive performance were noted. The patients still performed significantly poorer than controls with regard to cognitive functions, mainly related to speed, attention and memory function. Long-lasting impairment of cognitive functions related to speed, attention and memory function noted in patients with stress-related exhaustion should be acknowledged and taken into consideration during treatment and when discussing a return to work. Follow-up periods longer than three years are needed to explore the persistence of the cognitive impairment. 

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2017. Vol. 58, no 6, p. 504-509
Keyword [en]
Burnout, executive function, exhaustion, memory function
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32222DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12394ISI: 000414469800004PubMedID: 29023756Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031101308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-32222DiVA: diva2:1162355
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-15Bibliographically approved

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