The Aging Brain ANSWERS Program
Technical Report,01 Sep 2018,31 Aug 2019
The Trustees of Indiana University Indianapolis United States
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Veterans with Alzheimers disease AD and Traumatic Brain Injury TBI receive the majority of their care in primary care PC settings, and require similar symptom management strategies and support from family caregivers. Family caregivers of individuals with AD and TBI are critical to the quality of life QoL of Veterans. The Aging Brain Care ANSWERS Program ABC ANSWERS will test if collaborative care and strength-based coping interventions for caregivers, can improve the QoL of Veterans with AD and TBI and their caregivers and reduce caregiver burden. ABC ANSWERS is a 3-year randomized controlled trial that will enroll 200 dyads of Veterans with AD or TBI who receive their primary care from the Richard L. Roudebush VAMC in Indiana and one family caregiver of that Veteran. The dyads will either receive usual PC or the ABC ANSWERS program with PC. Patient and caregiver QoL and mental health states, caregiver burden, and dyadic strain will be collected at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months follow-up. The findings from this study will inform how to improve the delivery of high quality primary care to patients with AD and TBI by tailoring medical care to match the needs of Veterans and their caregivers.
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