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An integrated biopsychosocial approach to understanding awareness deficits in Alzheimer's disease and brain injury.
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PMID:  16864480     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Considerable emphasis has been placed upon cognitive neuropsychological explanations of awareness disorders in brain injury and Alzheimer's disease (AD), with relatively few models acknowledging the role of psychosocial factors. The present paper explores clinical presentations of unawareness in brain injury and AD, reviews the evidence for the influence of psychosocial factors alongside neuropsychological changes, and considers a number of key issues that theoretical models need to address, before going on to discuss some recently-developed models that offer the potential for developing a comprehensive biopsychosocial account. Building on these developments, we present a framework designed to assist clinicians to identify the specific factors contributing to an individual's presentation of unawareness, and illustrate its application with a case example.
Tamara Ownsworth; Linda Clare; Robin Morris
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuropsychological rehabilitation     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0960-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuropsychol Rehabil     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-25     Completed Date:  2006-10-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9112672     Medline TA:  Neuropsychol Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  415-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Alzheimer Disease / complications*
Brain Injuries / complications*,  psychology*
Cognition Disorders / etiology*
Models, Psychological
Neuropsychological Tests / statistics & numerical data

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