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Subjective cognitive impairment.
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PMID:  23037961     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe the recent (2011-2012) literature relevant to subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), focusing principally on studies of this symptom in older age groups. This is an issue of growing importance: although the symptom itself is controversial in older people because of variable associations with objective cognitive impairment, it remains one of the few presenting complaints which may identify people experiencing early cognitive decline.
RECENT FINDINGS: Several neuroimaging studies confirm earlier reports of associations between SCI and underlying abnormalities whereas those between subjective and objective cognitive function remain heterogeneous. Several studies now highlight the fact that, regardless of underlying associations, SCI as a symptom is associated with significant concern but is something for which older people rarely seek help.
SUMMARY: Neuroimaging findings suggest that older people may be more aware of underlying brain changes than was previously apparent or than can be detected using conventional neuropsychological assessments. However, not all of these brain changes are necessarily progressive or neurodegenerative. At least some attention should be paid to interventions for what is a common, often distressing, but underreported symptom.
Robert Stewart
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in psychiatry     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1473-6578     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809880     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  445-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Clinical Informatics, King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.
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