An Innovative Caregiver Tool to Assess and Manage Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia


Co-Principal Investigators:
Helen Kales, MD (University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry)
Laura Gitlin, PhD (Johns Hopkins University – School of Nursing)

Funded by:
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Project Goals & Approach:
This NINR RO1 study will develop a culturally-sensitive decision-support tool to assist key stakeholders (families, clinicians, persons with dementia) with understanding and managing behavioral symptoms of dementia. This tool will translate evidence-based behavioral management strategies into an interactive technology-based format to promote wider use among stakeholders. Focus group work will occur with African-Americans with dementia and their caregivers in partnership with community organizations that provide resources for this population. A tailored decision-support tool will be developed for health care settings via easily transportable interfaces such as tablet computers. Finally, a completed version of the decision-support tool will be tested with stakeholders.

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