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MAIA, Luis Alberto Coelho Rebelo. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Neuropsychology, Depression and Anxiety. A case - control study -120 Portuguese Female subjects. Cuad. neuropsicol. [online]. 2012, vol.6, n.1, pp. 23-32. ISSN 0718-4123.

Objectives: Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis in cognitive functions has not been well acknowledged in Portugal. With this original article we intended to elucidate this problem in this specific country. Methods: We measured the results of 60 Rheumatoid Arthritis female patients (study group), comparing every patient in a case control paired plan (years in school and age), with control subjects (n = 60, in a total of 120 subjects). All participants were evaluated with Paced Auditory Selective Attention Test, Word List Generation Test, Luria Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery, a Portuguese depressive screening test (IACLIDE), STAI (anxiety trace and trait test) and the Mini Mental state examination. Results: The outcomes demonstrate, for the first conclusive time in Portuguese patients, the occurrence of main deficits in terms of cognitive functioning (measured by a variety of neuropsychological tests), and depressive and anxiety symptomatology. Conclusion: This article asset the need to pay attention in psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic and cognitive stimulation, and reinforcement of neuropsychological intervention in these types of patients.

Keywords : Neuropsychology; inflammatory; rheumatic diseases; depression; anxiety; Paced Auditory Selective Attention Test; Word List Generation Test; Luria Nebraska Neuropsychological Battery; a Portuguese depressive screening test (IACLIDE); STAI; anxiety trace and trait test; Mini Mental state examination; exploratory study.

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