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Minnesota: Gaugler Co-Leading Implementation of Pilot Studies for National Alzheimer’s Care Project

More than five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and often receive care that is poorly coordinated, expensive, and ultimately, ineffective. To overcome this challenge, researchers with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health are participating in a new, nationwide project providing infrastructure and support to investigators and health care systems evaluating up to 40 promising, innovative approaches to memory loss care in “real-world” conditions. The project, called the National Institute on Aging (NIA) IMbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory, aims to accelerate the implementation and delivery of promising care strategies to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

“The traditional timeline from basic research to implementing an effective intervention in health care systems, community programs, or similar settings can take up to 17 years,” said Joseph E. Gaugler, Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging and professor in the School of Public Health. “It’s imperative that we address the many unmet needs of families living with dementia care and shortening the research timeline with promising approaches that demonstrate real-world potential.”

Dr. Gaugler is co-leading the project’s Dissemination and Implementation Core with Dr. Laura Gitlin from Drexel University. The core is responsible for assisting investigators and key stakeholders, including health care systems, caregivers, and providers, to integrate the most promising dementia care interventions into practice.

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