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2007 Grant - Roberts
Communicating Diagnostic and Risk Information to People With Mild Cognitive Impairment
Scott Roberts, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
2007 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is thought to be a state between normal aging and onset of dementia. Most people with MCI are at high risk of developing Alzheimer's or another neurodegenerative disease. However, there is little known about how to best convey the risk of Alzheimer's disease to those with MCI and their families.
Scott Roberts, Ph.D., and colleagues will develop a protocol for informing people with MCI and their families or other caregivers of their health risks in developing Alzheimer's. The group will then test how well the protocol was received by evaluating each person's and each caregiver's anxiety, comprehension of the information conveyed and health planning changes. They will conduct this evaluation at the time the participants are informed, a week later and three months later.
Research on these issues will be needed before potential MCI treatments enter the marketplace, so that clinicians can effectively address the needs of people at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.