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NIA releases National Recruitment Strategy to spur Alzheimer's and related dementias research

Recruitment and retention in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease remains one of the biggest hurdles in the path to a cure or prevention for this devastating disease. From strict eligibility requirements and invasive and time-consuming procedures, to the need for study partners for people already with dementia to encouraging people without symptoms to participate, the challenges are substantial.

Cover of Together We Make the Difference: National Strategy for Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Clinical ResearchTo set a path forward to address these challenges, NIA today released Together We Make the Difference: National Strategy for Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Clinical Research. With co-facilitation by the Alzheimer’s Association and many other organizations and experts, the strategy is the culmination of more than two years of dedication and work to outline practical, proactive approaches to help study sites engage a wider, more diverse number of volunteers. The strategy focuses on four larger themes:

  1. Increase awareness and engagement at a broad, national level
  2. Build and improve capacity and infrastructure at the study site level
  3. Engage local communities and support participants
  4. Develop an applied science of recruitment

Read the national strategy (PDF, 750K) to learn more about the challenges, and more importantly, what role you may be able to play in clinical research. The path forward to cure and prevention is working together.

Infographic of Together We Make the Difference - follow link for full textYou can also share this infographic to encourage volunteers to participate in Alzheimer’s and related dementias clinical trials and studies and to help spread the word about the benefits of participating in clinical trials and studies. 

#ResearchDiversity Day 10/23

Join NIA and NIH all day on Tuesday, October 23 to promote clinical research participation using the hashtag #ResearchDiversity.

Together, we make the difference.