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Expert Consensus on Screening and Assessment of Cognition in Psychiatry

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Roger S McIntyre, Nicole Anderson, Bernhard T Baune, Elisa Brietzke, Katherine Burdick, Phillipe Fossati, Philip Gorwood, Catherine Harmer, John Harrison, Philip Harvey, Rodrigo B Mansur, Alice Medalia, Kamilla Miskowiak, Tanya Ramey, Carola Rong, Joshua D Rosenblat, Allan Young, Stephen M Stahl

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-162
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Early online date15 Jan 2019
Accepted/In press15 Jun 2018
E-pub ahead of print15 Jan 2019
Published15 Jan 2019


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During the past two decades, it has been amply documented that neuropsychiatric disorders (NPDs) disproportionately account for burden of illness attributable to chronic non-communicable medical disorders globally. It is also likely that human capital costs attributable to NPDs will disproportionately increase as a consequence of population aging and beneficial risk factor modification of other common and chronic medical disorders (e.g., cardiovascular disease). Notwithstanding the availability of multiple modalities of antidepressant treatment, relatively few studies in psychiatry have primarily sought to determine whether improving cognitive function in MDD improves patient reported outcomes (PROs) and/or is cost effective. The mediational relevance of cognition in MDD potentially extrapolates to all NPDs, indicating that screening for, measuring, preventing, and treating cognitive deficits in psychiatry is not only a primary therapeutic target, but also should be conceptualized as a transdiagnostic domain to be considered regardless of patient age and/or differential diagnosis.

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