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

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Recruit Existing Clinical Trial Participants to Campaign for more Participation

I am 53 and have younger onset Alzheimer's. I have been a participant in the Biogen Aducanumab clinical trial for 20 months. During that time I have had many conversations with my community of friends also living with younger onset Alzheimer's. There is tremendous value hearing a clinical trial story from people living with the disease and who are actively and joyfully participating in a clinical trial. I'm able to... more »

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Ms. Holly

The rural communities and health car professionals and need to work together better to have a understanding of the Alzheimer

and dementia diseases and behaviors to gain better care and facilities that do not put all levels of disease in one place !!!

A good example of a facility that has this in place is the Masonic home in Elizabeth town, PA>


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Concise simple tool to funnel population specific open trials/ studies for physicians

Electronic updates and disease population specific information with simple tool for informing individual patient about potentially appropriate open studies and trials. If this tool could be integrated into healthcare systems electronic records tied to diagnostic codes, a family practice, internal medicine and or neurologist would be reminded at time of visit and simply print of a one page description of potentially... more »

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Increase Public Education and Awareness

Clinical trials are foreign to patients and caregivers. More education about the trials, what it means to be involved, privacy issues and ability to exit the trial at any time needs to be communicated more directly to the desired sample subjects. I am a volunteer Alzheimer's Association Community Educator. I always briefly discuss the trials and potential benefit of involvement. However, it is then left to the person... more »

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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 »

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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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Work with healthcare plans to build awareness of the importance of recruitment into clinical trials and studies.

1) Encourage healthcare systems and health insurance plans to use clinical trial awareness initiatives, evidence-based brain health resources and partnerships as an incentive and benefit for their beneficiaries/clients and subscribers.

2) Engage the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a partner, examining such approaches as including clinical studies participation opportunities as part of the Star Rating... 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 »

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Identifying Promising but Under-Researched Intervnetions for Diet and Nutrition

Many non-pharmacological interventions have theoretical justification and attractive but very limited clinical data suggesting benefit for cognition. Most of these are relatively safe. But, very little research in these areas get funded. So, that even very encouraging pilot studies rarely get replicated.
In contrast, the public has immense interest in these areas e.g. see huge following of Dr. Oz, Dr. Perlmutter, etc.... more »

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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 »

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Let's hear from the researchers on television!

Anyone, who has experienced the insult of Alzheimers, firsthand, would rather hear from doctors on the front lines, than from anyone else for their loved one's care. Researchers could use surrogates on television to relay their trial ideas for possible Alzheimers prevention, treatment or screening opportunities. That would, at least, drive interest toward, current, trial opportunities, given the legitimacy. Researchers... more »