Attention functions in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a neuropsychological case-control study

Alexander, Claire (2018) Attention functions in stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a neuropsychological case-control study. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Background: Previous studies have demonstrated some attentional difficulties in exacerbating COPD inpatients. However, such findings are of limited clinical utility and raise issues with generalisability to the majority of COPD patients whose condition is stable. This study aimed to build on, and offer a comparison to, previous investigations by examining attention functions in stable COPD.
Methods: Performance of 23 stable COPD patients and 23 matched controls were compared on three attention-based tasks: Attention Network Test, Stroop Colour-Word Task and Hayling Sentence Completion Task. Performance on these tasks was used to examine alerting and orienting attention and response inhibition.
Results: No significant differences were identified in between-group comparisons of individual subtest scores. Inspection of between-group effect sizes suggested a slight reduction in alerting and response inhibition abilities in the COPD group. However, the study was underpowered to detect effects at the level observed. Impairment analysis suggested a small-subgroup of COPD participants experienced response inhibition difficulties beyond the threshold for clinical impairment.
Conclusions: For most stable COPD patients, any attention difficulties experienced are mild and unlikely to have a notable difference on everyday functioning. However, a small sub-group may be at risk of clinically relevant levels of attentional impairment, which may influence health outcomes.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neuropsychological, attention, executive function.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Colleges/Schools: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Supervisor's Name: Evans, Professor Jonathan
Date of Award: 2018
Depositing User: Ms Claire Alexander
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-30865
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 14:43
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2023 11:13

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