Cognitive impairment in COPD: should cognitive evaluation be part of respiratory assessment?

Vasileios Andrianopoulos, Rainer Gloeckl, Ioannis Vogiatzis, Klaus Kenn

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Cognitive impairment is highly prevalent in patients with COPD and demonstrates multiple detrimental effects on many aspects of patient state and therapeutic outcomes. It is attributed to several overlapping pathophysiological factors, with the most common being the low level of oxygen saturation due to respiratory insufficiency. Despite the impact of cognitive impairment on clinical outcomes, the screening for coexisting cognitive deficits which may interfere with the successful progress of respiratory treatment is yet neglected. There is a special consideration that cognitive deficits should be taken into account when developing respiratory therapy plans. Cognitively impaired patients are likely to require more support and have need of an individualised respiratory care plan which can also be beneficial for their cognitive deficits. Pulmonary rehabilitation as a multidisciplinary approach could be prioritised for COPD patients with cognitive impairment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-e9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


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