This site became the new on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu
Give us feedback

Care Management for Patients With Alzheimer Disease and Their Family Caregivers

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Identifier:
First received: October 28, 2005
Last updated: July 26, 2006
Last verified: October 2005
This is a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of current guideline for the care of older adults with Alzheimer's disease. The study focuses on the primary care setting using a nurse care manager to facilitate guideline-level care. We are hypothesizing that patients who receive guideline-level care will have fewer behavioral problems than those who receive the usual care provided in primary care settings

Condition Intervention
Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Behavioral: care management

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Program of Collaborative Care for Alzheimer Disease

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Neuropsychiatric Inventory
  • Cornell Depression in Dementia Scale
  • Activities of Daily Living

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Nursing home placement
  • hospitalization

Estimated Enrollment: 220
Study Start Date: August 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2005
Detailed Description:

The specific aim of this proposal is to conduct a four-year randomized controlled clinical trial to test the efficacy of an integrated program of collaborative care as compared to usual care in improving the process and outcomes of care for older adults with dementia in a primary care setting. The program involves three primary components: (1) A comprehensive screening and diagnosis program in which all older adults aged 65 and older from Wishard’s Community Health Centers will be screened for dementia. Patients with evidence of dementia will receive further evaluation to determine an explicit diagnosis. Roudebush VA Medical Center patients aged 65 and older with a diagnosis of dementia will receive further evaluation to determine an explicit diagnosis. (2) A multidisciplinary team approach to care for patients with dementia. This care will be coordinated through a geriatric nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist working in the primary care clinic. The team includes primary care and specialist physicians, psychologist, other health care workers, and relevant social service agencies working to adhere to recommended standards of care for primary care patients with dementia. (3) A proactive longitudinal tracking program in which objective measures of process and outcomes of care are fed back to the collaborative care team so that appropriate changes in the course of therapy can be undertaken.

Although authoritative guidelines for the care of patients with Alzheimer Disease and related disorders have been published, there are no clinical trials that test the impact of close adherence to these guidelines on the outcomes of care for a group of vulnerable older adults in an urban primary care setting. We are hypothesizing that patients with dementia and their caregivers who are exposed to this program will: (1) be more likely to receive the emerging standard of care for dementia, including an explicit diagnosis of dementia and an appropriate level of evaluation, education, and management; (2) be less impaired by psychopathology and behavior disturbances; (3) be less functionally impaired at 1-year and 2-year follow-up.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Alzheimers Disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to understand English
  • No telephone
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00246896

United States, Indiana
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46202
Sponsors and Collaborators
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Principal Investigator: Christopher M. Callahan, M.D. Indiana University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00246896     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01HS010884 ( U.S. AHRQ Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: October 28, 2005
Last Updated: July 26, 2006

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 August 21, 2017