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January 1990

Cognitive Deficits and Emotional Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis

Author Affiliations

Department of Neurology Good Samaritan Hospital 1015 NW 22nd St Portland, OR 97210

Arch Neurol. 1990;47(1):18. doi:10.1001/archneur.1990.00530010026013

This issue of the Archives contains two reviews prepared on behalf of the Cognitive Function Study Group of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. These articles are a response to the need for more and better information on the mental and emotional effects of multiple sclerosis, but they also serve as an example of an approach that could be useful in other neurologic disorders.

See also pp 94 and 98.

The varied conclusions and varied methodology used by investigators to study cognitive dysfunction and affective disorders in patients with multiple sclerosis and other neurologic disorders, while providing useful information, have made it difficult or impossible to compare studies. In addition, since most of the studies are based on highly selected samples, the results are applicable only in very restricted, often poorly defined, subsets of patients. Both articles review important clinical research areas and include recommendations regarding research standards that, if implemented,

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