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Type: Poster
Title: The relationship between neurocognitive functioning and employment in HIV seropositive women in India.
Authors: Grullon ET, Ghate M, Meyer RA, Hendrix T, Heaton RK, Letendre S, Grant I, Mehendale S, Marcotte TD, and the HNRC Group
Date: 02-06-2013
Abstract:In this sample, HIV+ women in India were more likely to be unemployed, irrespective of previous employment history. HIV+ individuals with no employment history had higher impairment rates, despite similar educational levels, suggesting a possible cognitive reserve effect for factors not captured by education alone, or that employed individuals utilize or develop skills on the job that may improve their performance on NP tests. Lower NP scores, especially in the domains of processing speed and executive functioning, may be associated with a greater likelihood of incident unemployment. Limitations include the small sample size and restriction to individuals with advanced disease. Future studies should address whether treatments (e.g., initiation of antiretroviral medication, cognitive remediation) might improve the participantís cognitive status and result in improved vocational functioning.

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