Researchers evaluated the prevalence and possible predictors of cognitive impairment in people with rheumatoid arthritis. They assessed cognitive function (the ability to think, concentrate, formulate ideas, and remember) in a group of 115 study participants using 12 standardized neuropsychological measures.
According to study results published in the August 2012 issue of Arthritis Care & Research, researchers concluded that the burden of cognitive impairment in rheumatoid arthritis is significant. Patients with cognitive impairment were more likely to have low education, low income, have been treated with oral glucocorticoids, or have increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Future studies focusing on the cause of cognitive impairment associated with rheumatoid arthritis were suggested.
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