Primary Outcome Measures:
- MacArthur Competency Assessment Tool for Clinical Research (MacCAT-CR) to quantify decision making abilities
Secondary Outcome Measures:
Device: Memory and Organizational Aid
Behavioral: Standard Informed Consent Process
The informed consent protocol for a hypothetical early-phase drug trial will be administered by a trained interviewer in the patient's home
Studies of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients reveal substantial variation in their ability to participate in an informed consent process. No published data show techniques that help an AD patient to participate in an informed consent. This research will address this issue by performing a randomized trial to test whether a memory and organizational aid can improve the decision-making abilities and competency of AD patients.
This study will recruit 80 patients with mild to early moderate AD, and 30 non-demented elderly persons. The informed consent protocol for a hypothetical early-phase drug trial will be administered by a trained interviewer in the patient's home. The AD patients will be randomized to receive either the standard informed consent process or the intervention of the standard informed consent process plus the memory and organizational aid. All non-demented elderly individuals will receive the standard informed consent process. The interviewer will administer the protocol to participants and ask questions that will assess participant capacity to understand, appreciate, reason, and make a choice concerning enrollment in the hypothetical study.