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Self-reported cognitive symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury are poorly associated with neuropsychological performance in OIF/OEF veterans

Robert J. Spencer, PhD, et al.

Some veterans who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) report difficulties with memory, attention, organization, and slowed information processing. Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians typically ask veterans to provide a self-assessment of these cognitive problems. This study examined data from 105 veterans with mTBI to determine how strongly self-reported cognitive problems correlate with scores on objective cognitive tests. Counter to the predictions of a sample of medical professionals, self-reported cognitive functioning was unrelated to objective test performance but was strongly related to depression and anxiety. These findings illustrate the importance of assessing and treating psychiatric symptoms when veterans report cognitive problems.

Volume 47 Number 6, 2010
   Pages 521 — 530

This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Spencer RJ, Drag LL, Walker SJ, Bieliauskas LA. Self-reported cognitive symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury are poorly associated with neuropsychological performance in OIF/OEF veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(6): 521-30.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.11.0181

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