Corticosteroids and Cognition: A Meta-Analysis

A thorough understanding of the cognitive effects of corticosteroids is essential given their frequency of use

Catherine E. Prado; Simon F. Crowe

2019

Scholarcy highlights

  • A thorough understanding of the cognitive effects of corticosteroids is essential given their frequency of use
  • This meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the effects of corticosteroids on the various domains of cognitive functioning, grouped by duration of use
  • An electronic search of PsycInfo, Medline and Google Scholar was conducted for all journal articles published between January 1990 and May 2018
  • Results revealed that corticosteroids had a modest, negative effect on executive function for acute users, recent memory for short term and chronic users, and very long term memory for acute users
  • Corticosteroids had a small, significant, positive effect on expressive language for short term users

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