Avaliação neuropsicológica do idoso

Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Envelhecimento Humano 01/2007;
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O objetivo deste trabalho é descrever a metodologia empregada na avaliação neuropsicológica de idosos e suas contribuições, priorizando aqueles aspectos de interesse dos profissionais da área da saúde, em especial geriatras, psicólogos, psiquiatras, neurologistas. Fonte dos dados: revisão da literatura sobre o tema proposto nos últimos anos e incluídas referências de livros-texto e manuais dos testes imprescindíveis para a compreensão do exame neuropsicológico. Síntese dos dados: o exame neuropsicológico não se limita à aplicação de testes psicométricos e neuropsicológicos organizados em baterias, mas objetiva, também, avaliar a relação desses achados com a patologia neurológica e/ou comportamental e em estabelecer a possível área cerebral envolvida. Conclusão: o resultado final deve fornecer um perfil neuropsicológico do paciente, que, combinado à avaliação dos aspectos neurológicos/clínicos, psicológicos e sociais, permitirá auxiliar no seu diagnóstico.

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