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Expert Consensus On Screening And Assessment Of Cognition In Psychiatry

Roger S. McIntyre, Nicole Anderson, Bernhard T. Baune, Elisa Brietzke, Katherine Burdick, Phillipe Fossati, Philip Gorwood, Catherine Harmer, John Harrison, Philip Harvey, Rodrigo B. Mansur, Alice Medalia, Kamilla Miskowiak, Tanya Ramey, Carola Rong, Joshua D. Rosenblat, Allan Young, Stephen M. Stahl

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During the past two decades, it has been amply documented that neuropsychiatric disorders (NPDs) disproportionately account for burden of illness attributable to chronic non-communicable medical disorders globally. It is also likely that human capital costs attributable to NPDs will disproportionately increase as a consequence of population aging and beneficial risk factor modification of other common and chronic medical disorders (e.g., cardiovascular disease). Notwithstanding the availability of multiple modalities of antidepressant treatment, relatively few studies in psychiatry have primarily sought to determine whether improving cognitive function in MDD improves patient reported outcomes (PROs) and/or is cost effective. The mediational relevance of cognition in MDD potentially extrapolates to all NPDs, indicating that screening for, measuring, preventing, and treating cognitive deficits in psychiatry is not only a primary therapeutic target, but also should be conceptualized as a transdiagnostic domain to be considered regardless of patient age and/or differential diagnosis.