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Cognitive function is not a prognostic factor for long term functional status in older people

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 Q Is cognitive function related to functional status in older people?

METHODS

Embedded ImageDesign:

Prospective cohort study.

Embedded ImageSetting:

Family practices in the Netherlands (Maastricht Aging Study); 1993 to 2001.

Embedded ImagePopulation:

485 people aged 60 or over. Exclusion criteria: clinical diagnosis of depression or dementia; cognitive function impairment due to a medical condition.

Embedded ImagePrognostic factors:

Sensorimotor speed, memory, and executive functioning, (compound scores derived from the relevant sections of the Stroop Colour-Word test, Concept Shifting Task, and Visual Verbal Learning Test). Analyses were adjusted for age, gender, educational level, length of follow up, and cognitive function at baseline.

Embedded ImageOutcomes:

Functional status (physical and mental components of the SF-36 questionnaire).

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Three and six years.

MAIN RESULTS

At baseline, higher cognitive function was significantly associated with higher functional status. However, there was no correlation …

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