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High Intensity Light Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: July 31, 2003
Last updated: July 24, 2006
Last verified: July 2006
The purpose of this study is to determine whether bright light improves the sleep, mood, and behavior of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD) who live in long-term care settings and, if so, to determine the best timing for the light therapy. The light levels being used in the study have been shown to improve depression in persons with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and to relieve sleep problems in persons with jet lag and other body rhythm disturbances. Because persons with AD often will not remain still in front of a fluorescent panel, this project has involved renovations in the study units that provide for even, regulated, high-intensity light in all public areas of the study settings.

Condition Intervention Phase
Alzheimer's Disease
Device: high-intensity light therapy
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: High Intensity Light Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 107
Study Start Date: March 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2005
Detailed Description:
See Brief Summary

Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Residence on study units

Exclusion criteria:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Severe retinal (eye) disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00065689

United States, North Carolina
John Umstead Hospital
Butner, North Carolina, United States, 27514
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Philip D. Sloane, MD, MPH
  More Information Identifier: NCT00065689     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AT000212-01A1 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 31, 2003
Last Updated: July 24, 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Alzheimer's disease
light therapy
long-term care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017