Cognitive decline in elderly bipolar disorder patients: a follow-up study

S.N.T.M. Schouws, M.L. Stek, H.C. Comijs, A. Dols, A.T.F. Beekman

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    Abstract

    Objective: Older individuals with bipolar disorder may exhibit greater cognitive decline over time compared to mentally healthy elderly individuals. We aimed to investigate neurocognitive performance in bipolar disorder over a period of two years. Methods: A comprehensive neuropsychological test battery was applied at baseline and two years later to 65 euthymic elderly outpatients with bipolar disorder (mean age=68.35, range: 60-90years) and to a demographically comparable sample of 42 healthy elderly controls. A general linear model was used to measure changes over time for the two groups. The impact of baseline illness characteristics on intra-individual change in neurocognitive performance within the bipolar group was studied by using logistic regression analysis. Results: At baseline and at follow up, bipolar disorder patients performed worse on all neurocognitive measures compared to the healthy elderly group. However, there was no significant group-by-time interaction between the bipolar disorder patients and the comparison group. Conclusions: Although older bipolar disorder patients have worse cognitive function than normal controls, they did not have greater cognitive decline over a period of two years. © 2012 John Wiley and Sons A/S.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)749-755
    JournalBipolar Disorders
    Volume14
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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