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A norm- and control-referenced comparative study of the neuropsychological profiles of shift workers and patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Lee, Jacen Man Kwan (2010) A norm- and control-referenced comparative study of the neuropsychological profiles of shift workers and patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Other Degree thesis, School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

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Abstract

Shift work and Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have been associated with excessive daytime sleepiness and increased risk of road traffic accidents. There is evidence that daytime sleepiness does not provide as satisfactory explanation for accidents, and occupational and social failures associated with sleep disorders. The possibility arises that intermittent hypoxemia and sleep deprivation due to sleep fragmentation in OSA and sleep deprivation secondary to sleep cycle disruption in shift work may underlie neuropsychological deficits, which in turn meditate these functional impairments. The current study uses a control-referenced and norm-referenced design to explore in detail the subcomponents of attention/executive functions and motor coordination of patients with OSA and shift workers with an aim to outline and compare the profiles of any cognitive impairment between these groups.

Item Type: Thesis (Other Degree thesis)
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D.Psych.

Uncontrolled Keywords: obstructive sleep apnoea, OSA, sleep disorders, shift workers, shift-work, daytime sleepiness, sleep cycle, sleep fragentation, sleep deprivation, attention functions, executive functions, motor coordination, neuropsychological
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 04:42
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:52
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/17784
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