Neuropsychological Functioning & Academic abilities in patie
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The central nervous system is often involved in rheumatoid diseases. Despite the fact that children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) may face academic challenges until adulthood, few studies have looked into the possibility of cognitive problems in these patients. The aim of this study is to look into the cognitive and neuropsychological functioning of these patients in depth.

Researchers measured the cognitive profile of JIA patients via their neuropsychological profile, implicit memory and social cognition skills, and estimated their academic performance using reading and mathematics tests. 21 children with JIA aged 6 to 17 years-old and 21 healthy children matched in age, gender, academic level (same school class) and socioeconomic status were recruited.

Results:
--The results showed that the cognitive profile and estimated academic ability of JIA patients are similar to those of their peers.

--These results support the hypothesis that children with JIA have the same cognitive predispositions to succeed at school as any other pupil.

Conclusively, longitudinal studies seem to be necessary to understand the psychosocial and cognitive processes involved in the development of children with JIA.

Source: https://ped-rheum.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12969-021-00541-1
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