Arlin K. Pachet

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Anti-convulsant medications have been employed to treat behavioural disorders resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, there is a paucity of literature investigating the use of lamotrigine to treat aggression and agitation in patients with TBI. In a single case study design, the present study examined the effectiveness of lamotrigine to treat(More)
This study describes an innovative tool developed by the Regional Capacity Assessment Team (RCAT) to assess unique psychosocial factors related to capacity evaluations. Capacity is a socio-legal construct entailing the ability to understand choices, appreciate consequences and follow through (or direct a surrogate) with chosen options. RCAT's targeted(More)
Adverse cognitive effects associated with lithium are often implicated as contributing to vocational and social impairment, as well as medication noncompliance. As impaired cognitive functioning caused by lithium has clear clinical implications, it is important to determine whether evidence for or against impaired cognitive functioning exists in the(More)
The construct validity of the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) indices and subtests in comparison to established neuropsychological measures has yet to be investigated in post-acute adults with a moderate to severe acquired brain injury. A sample of 37 patients from an inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program(More)
The main objectives of this study were to examine the relationship between cognitive deficits, as measured by the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE), and decision-making capacity and to determine whether the sensitivity and specificity of the MMSE varied based upon the patient population assessed. Using a sample size of 152 patients and varying cutoff(More)
A current need exists for research to assist clinicians in the capacity evaluation process, especially in relation to assessment of clients with complex issues such as fluctuating capacity and communication barriers. The aim of this article is to promote knowledge and consideration of these issues through an examination of neuropsychological, ethical, and(More)
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