Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness

How can we raise awareness about and encourage participation in Alzheimer's research?

Goal: Empower people from diverse communities -- those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, their families and caregivers, healthy adults, clinicians, businesses, workers, and the general public -- to participate in research.

Ideas in this area might address:

  • What messages and education about clinical studies and research participation are needed to engage a variety of audiences
  • Where it would be helpful to deliver messages and education
  • How to best connect/match participants with research
  • How to better use technology and social media to facilitate participation
  • How to engage health care professionals to inform patients about research participation
  • Role of funders, organizations, policymakers in implementing
(@natlefforts)

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Provide logistical and financial support to physicians for communication about dementia and research

Examine ways to provide logistical and financial support to primary care physicians and their practices so that assessments, discussions, and care of patients at risk for dementia or with cognitive impairment or dementia can be enhanced. Work with the National Quality Forum and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to see how to embed facilitating research recruitment as care quality criteria within ongoing,... more »

(@natlefforts)

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Leverage electronic medical records-based decision support and messaging capabilities for point-of-care recruitment.

This could include: 1) Using personal health record portals to support direct, interactive messaging between providers/staff and research participants and their family members. 2) Integrating automated paging, kiosk-based messaging “waiting room” mini-videos to support recruitment at the point of care. 3) Seeing how electronic medical records data capabilities might be used to generate lists of potential recruitment... more »

(@peterj)

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Hodges' Care Domains Model

Hodges' model is a generic framework that facilitates problem solving, assessment and reflection. Developed in healthcare the model can help support person-centered care, holistic care - that is paying attention to mental AND physical health, the need for integrated care. The model can be used by one person or a group on a flipchart, paper... for brainstorming. The model's four care domains includes a POLITICAL and SOCIAL... more »

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Address potential concerns regarding the disappointing outcomes of past trials

To add to the excellent ideas presented thus far, I would suggest considering the possibility that some prospective participants may have lost hope, having seen the outcomes of prior trials. I would not be contributing this idea if I agreed with that point of view; however, I think it may be important to acknowledge that disappointments have occurred, and provide an explanation of why it is believed that future trials... more »

(@howardpam51)

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Virtual Tours

I recently participated in a Virtual Tour at a local ALZ office which was amazing! My husband was diagnosed 4 yrs ago at age 59 and I have been reading and researching plus he joined a clinical trial in Nashville and when we decided it was time to move back to TX they would not transfer him and the result to anyone in TX so he could continue. There were 2-3 places available in TX so this is all about the drug company... more »

(@sznpetrella)

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Optimizing recruitment and building relationships with ageing participants

The need to find more qualified participants of all backgrounds and ages is critical to the outcome of any clinical trial. As noted elsewhere expense is an issue. Distance driving is a big stumbling block to participation. Our local senior center is a tremendous group of those who have cared for, currently care for or are experiencing a slow decline in cognitive skills. I am a former mental health counselor and I have... more »

(@natlefforts)

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Create global recruitment villages

Facilitate the emergence of a federation of self-organized online recruitment communities (i.e., digital villages, disease forums). Develop effective partnerships between research centers and social media companies. Machine-learning algorithms could use social media data to identify potential research participants and concerned family members, with great care regarding privacy concerns and garnering proactive consents.... more »

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Community-based Immersion

Partner with formal and informal community groups. Go to places where older adults tend to go, such as church, grocery stores, hair salons, coffee shops, etc. Ask the priest or pastor, or manager if you could speak for a few minutes about memory loss and research studies. Be a frequent visitor and make friends.

(@tetra.julie)

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Use Facebook Ads to reach adult children with local Clinical Trial opportunities

Facebook advertising has been used very effectively by our small biotech company, Tetra Discovery Partners, to recruit healthy elderly volunteers to test a memory drug. Older adults are among the fastest growing users of Facebook, and they click at a higher rate than young people. An advertising campaign with genuine and compassionate messaging will fill the funnel with interested families. (Cliched stock photos and... more »

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Media Blitz

My brother and myself were the caretakers of my mother. Who passed away from this awful disease last year. Additionally, I worked in a long term nursing facility for three years caring for many residents with memory issues. Therefore, the irradiation of this disease is very close to my heart. I feel an all out Media Blitz should occur and not by social media but by T.V. How many times have you seen an ad or infomercial... more »