Cognitive-Pulmonary Disease: neuropsychological functioning in patients with COPD

A.H.M. Cleutjens

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared


In more than 50% of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cognitive impairment is found. Various cognitive domains are affected, such as psychomotor speed, planning, working memory, verbal memory and cognitive flexibility. However, cognitive impairment does not affect outcome measures used in pulmonary rehabilitation, such as psychological well-being, functional status, health status, knowledge of and need for information about the disease. Patients with cognitive impairment are less likely to complete a pulmonary rehabilitation programme. Active screening for cognitive impairment in COPD patients is necessary, because its presence could not be predicted based on demographic and clinical features.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Wouters, Emiel, Supervisor
  • Ponds, Rudolf, Supervisor
  • Janssen, Daisy, Co-Supervisor
  • Dijkstra, J.B., Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date16 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • COPD
  • cognitive impairment
  • pulmonary rehabilitation


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