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Indiana University Dementia Screening Trial

Active, not recruiting

This study will assess the harms and benefits of screening for dementia, compared to no screening for dementia, among 4,000 older adults cared for in primary care practices at Wishard Health Services and Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
65 Years N/A Both No
October 2012
July 2017

  • At least one office visit to a primary care physician within the previous year
  • No previous diagnosis of dementia or memory problems
  • Ability to communicate in English

  • Permanent resident of a nursing facility
  • Serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • Pre-existing diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment

This study will evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the harms of routine screening for dementia among older adults in primary care, when the screening program is coupled with practices ready to provide care for those who screen positive. Participants will be randomized to receive either dementia screening or the usual standard of care with no screening. As appropriate, participants will be referred to the Collaborative Dementia Care Program at Indiana University for a subsequent diagnostic assessment, counseling, and management. Researchers will assess the impact of screening on participants' health-related quality of life and mood and anxiety symptoms. They will also study the cost-effectiveness of screening.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
IU Health-Primary Care Clinics
Indianapolis Indiana 46202

Wishard Health Services-Primary Care Clinics
Indianapolis Indiana 46202

IU Health Arnett Primary Care Clinics
West Lafayette Indiana 47904

Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging Research

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute on Aging

Name Role Affiliation
Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH Principal Investigator Regenstrief Institute, IU Center for Aging Research


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