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dc.contributor.advisorWalters, Elizabeth R.
dc.contributor.advisorLesk, Valerie E.
dc.contributor.authorParveen, F. Choudhry
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-20T12:48:04Z
dc.date.available2022-09-20T12:48:04Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/19133
dc.description.abstractThe accuracy of neuropsychological assessment is critical in the diagnosis of cognitive impairments in older adults. However, existing neuropsychological tests may not be suitable for minority populations. This thesis aimed to address this issue by recruiting cognitively-healthy South Asian older adults and assessing cognitive function in this group. Results showed that typically used assessments, despite being translated, were not suitable for this cohort. Furthermore, skills required for test completion such as mathematics and writing/hand dexterity (which are related to education levels) influenced test scores. Therefore, new assessments of general cognitive function and associative memory were developed to improve the accuracy of neuropsychological test scores. The new tests were not affected by education and they achieved high internal and test re-test reliability. Time of day (TOD) that testing takes place is also known to affect cognition. Interestingly, no TOD effects were observed in this cohort. It was hypothesised that engagement in the daily five Islamic prayers may have contributed to this lack of a TOD effect. However, the results did not confirm this. The thesis then looked at overall prayer engagement and cognition. Results showed that engagement in the daily five prayers and Quran recitation significantly increased scores on assessments of processing speed. This thesis demonstrates that accurately assessing cognition in South Asian older adults is challenging and that the cognitive tests used must be suitable for this cohort. Interesting findings emerged for prayer engagement which may have wider implications for the field of cognitive reserve.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights<a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-nd/3.0/88x31.png" /></a><br />The University of Bradford theses are licenced under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">Creative Commons Licence</a>.eng
dc.subjectSouth Asian older adultsen_US
dc.subjectCognitionen_US
dc.subjectAlzheimer’s diseaseen_US
dc.subjectMild cognitive impairmenten_US
dc.subjectEarly diagnosisen_US
dc.subjectNeuropsychological assessmenten_US
dc.subjectMini-mental State Examination Test (MMSE)en_US
dc.subjectRowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale (RUDAS)en_US
dc.titleFactors affecting neuropsychological assessment in a group of South Asian older adultsen_US
dc.type.qualificationleveldoctoralen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bradfordeng
dc.publisher.departmentFaculty of Management Law and Social Sciencesen_US
dc.typeThesiseng
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_US
dc.date.awarded2021
refterms.dateFOA2022-09-20T12:48:04Z


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