Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessments for Co-Occurring Opioid and Amphetamine-Type stimulant (COATS) Dependent Patients

Hashim, Norhamizah and Mohd-Zaharim, Norzarina and Weng, Tink Chooi (2015) Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessments for Co-Occurring Opioid and Amphetamine-Type stimulant (COATS) Dependent Patients. In: Conference Proceedings of Social Sciences Postgraduate International Seminar (SSPIS). School of Social Sciences, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, pp. 561-569. ISBN 978-967-11473-2-0

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    Abstract

    Introduction: Several studies have shown that individuals with drug dependence have poorer cognitive functioning in the domain of executive functions. Studies investigating cognitive impairments in people with poly-drug use are limited. This study is designed to assess executive functions of patients with dual drug dependence (DDD) on opioid and (Amphetamine-Type Stimulants) ATS entering medication-assisted-treatment at Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia. Methodology: A total of n=96 male respondents (n=56 patients, and n=40 control group) were recruited for this cross-sectional study. Six neuropsychological tests (Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure, Trail Making Test, Raven’s Progressive Matrices, Digit Span Test, Digit Symbol Test, and Stroop Test) were administered. Findings: Results showed patients performed significantly worse in perceptual motor speed, and visual scanning measured by Trail Making Test Part A, cognitive flexibility measured by Trail Making Test Part B, mental processing speed measured by Digit Symbol Test, and response inhibition measured by Stroop Test, compared to those in the control group. Conclusion: Results suggests that perceptual motor speed, visual scanning, cognitive flexibility, mental processing speed, and response inhibition may be impaired in patients with dual drug dependence. Proper prevention and treatment interventions should consider addressing cognitive deficits for patients with dual dependence

    Item Type: Book Section
    Subjects: H Social Sciences
    Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan (School of Social Sciences) > Social Sciences Postgraduate International Seminar (SSPIS)
    Depositing User: ASM Ab Shukor Mustapa
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 10:00
    Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 10:00
    URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/37636

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