E. Papastefanakis

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Age-related memory changes are highly varied and heterogeneous. The study examined the rate of decline in verbal episodic memory as a function of education level, auditory attention span and verbal working memory capacity, and diagnosis of amnestic mild cognitive impairment (a-MCI). Data were available on a community sample of 653 adults aged 17-86 years(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To adapt and standardize the Test Your Memory (TYM) dementia screening instrument in Greek. METHODS Normative data on the Greek version of the TYM were obtained from a community sample of 239 adults aged 21-92 years. Clinical validity was assessed in a cohort of 134 Neurology Clinic patients. Concurrent validity was examined through(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine whether mental flexibility moderates the relationship between illness representations of control and coping behaviour in individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). DESIGN Recently, diagnosed RA (N = 80) and SLE (N = 75) patients completed questionnaires about illness representations of(More)
Patients with an inflammatory rheumatic disease (IRD), are often faced with significant limitations in physical functioning. Illness representations are a key-factor of their illness-related experience. Our aim was to examine (a) whether illness representations can predict or only reflect IRD patients’ physical functioning over time, and (b) the specific(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim was to examine the severity and prevalence of cognitive difficulties in persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) within the first three years of diagnosis. METHOD One hundred consecutive RA patients aged 28-67 years (90% women) were administered a battery of 6 neuropsychological tests yielding 14 cognitive indices. Self-reported measures(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To examine and compare undergraduate healthcare students' attitudes toward people with physical or intellectual disabilities in Greece. BACKGROUND The experience that people with disabilities have with health care is a complex interaction between their medical condition and the social and physical environment. Attitudes of the nursing(More)
We examined whether the dispositional optimism of patients suffering from an autoimmune disease as well as of their partners can predict, at a dyadic level, their representations of illness consequences, and personal and treatment control, assessed 1 year later. Patient optimism predicted several patient and partner illness representations. Partner optimism(More)
Alzheimer's disease is a form of degenerative neurological disease characterized by severe cognitive and psychosocial impairment. Cognitive interventions appear to be a viable supplement to pharmacological management, which has little long-term impact on the progression of the disease. Non-pharmacological interventions, are currently investigated as means(More)
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