chapter  5
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Applications of Neuropsychological Assessment to the Study of Cardiovascular Disease

Increasing attention has been given to the impact of chronic illnesses on individuals’ quality of life (QOL) (Dimsdale & Baum, 1995). QOL is a multidimensional construct, the assessment of which often includes aspects of physical, emotional, social, role, and cognitive function (Kaplan & Coons, 1992). Indeed, adequacy of cognitive function is now recognized as an essential dimension of QOL. The technique of neuropsychological assessment is thus frequently applied to the study of the effects of chronic illness on cognitive function-a subdiscipline known as medical neuropsychology (Tarter, Van Thiel, & Edwards, 1988).