24 Oct Occupational Productivity May Be Impacted by Long Covid
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Jacqueline H. Becker, Ph.D.
Division of General Internal Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: This study leverages data being collected through the ongoing Mount Sinai Health System Post-COVID-19 Registry, which is led by Dr. Juan Wisnivesky, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and senior author of the study. Our study concluded that there may be long-term cognitive repercussions from COVID-19 that impact individuals in various age groups and across the spectrum of disease severity, although the frequency of cognitive impairment was highest among patients who were previously hospitalized for COVID-19.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: The takeaway is that, while the majority of people fully recover from COVID-19, a subset may experience post-COVID-19 cognitive difficulties. Our findings have important implications for functional and social outcomes, as the relatively young age-range of our cohort suggests that occupational productivity may be impacted.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Future studies should investigate long-term post–COVID 19 cognitive trajectories and the association with neuroimaging findings to assess potential mechanisms. It will also be important to determine which populations are at greatest risk for post-COVID-19 cognitive dysfunction and investigate potential interventions to mitigate cognitive impairment in this population.
Becker JH, Lin JJ, Doernberg M, et al. Assessment of Cognitive Function in Patients After COVID-19 Infection. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(10):e2130645. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.30645
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