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Psychological Evaluations 

Psychological Evaluations
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Psychological Evaluations
Author(s):

Jordan Elizabeth Cattie

, Steven Paul Woods

, and Igor Grant

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195399349.003.0058
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date: 17 June 2019

Neuropsychology, an applied neuroscience broadly concerned with the behavioral manifestations of brain dysfunction, provides a valuable window into the central nervous system effects of HIV. Neuropsychological testing can directly inform the evaluation, management, and treatment of patients infected with HIV. Ideally, all HIV-infected patients would receive a comprehensive baseline neuropsychological evaluation upon diagnosis, to facilitate detection of emergent neurobehavioral changes. Although such testing rarely occurs, largely due to cost considerations, routine brief baseline neuropsychological assessment has been adopted in other settings (e.g., in athletes at risk for head injuries) and this approach may provide a model for HIV care as recognition of the prevalence and impact of HAND continues to grow among physicians who treat HIV. This chapter discusses a wide range of topics relevant to neuropsychological testing in the HIV population.

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