Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Context of Lacunar Infarction, Prediabetes, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Case Study

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Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a diagnostic category that denotes deficits in cognitive functioning that is not indicative of a dementia syndrome, but also outside the range of healthy aging. As a result, MCI has become increasingly important in the early detection and prediction of more serious neurodegenerative decline. In order to accomplish this predictive function, it is crucial to identify possible etiological bases of symptomatology. Due to the multitude of individual factors that contribute to the development of MCI, case studies are needed in order to provide in-depth analysis of risk factors that large-scale studies may not be able to fully account for or explore.

Physical health, psychiatric, and cultural factors have an impact on neuropsychological assessment outcomes: In this study relevant research related to lacunar infarction, diabetes Type 2, and obstructive sleep apnea were considered. Additionally, the role of ethnicity was explored as an important factor impacting diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation planning. Because research has consistently highlighted the fact that ethnic minorities are disproportionately impacted by these disease processes and research in general, issues commonly faced by a minority status client were highlighted.

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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

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Nolty, Anne

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Ethnicity, Lacunar infarction, Mild cognitive impairment, Neuropsychological assessment


Psychiatry and Psychology


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