Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

People without spouses under-represented in Alzheimer's clinical trials

Date:
December 19, 2012
Source:
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
Summary:
A new study suggests that people without a spouse are represented less in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials compared to people with spouses.

A new study suggests that people without a spouse are represented less in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials compared to people with spouses. The study is published in the December 19, 2012, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Nationwide, half of all unpaid Alzheimer's disease caregivers are under the age of 50 and as many as 68 percent are the children, children-in-law or grandchildren of these patients," said study author Joshua D. Grill, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "In contrast, in our analyses, 67 percent of the 2,041 Alzheimer's clinical trial participants had a spouse as their study partner. We found that there were several differences between people with spouse and adult child study partners that could affect the results of the trials and interpretations of those results."

Grill adds that factors such as race and caregiver attitude may also impact recruitment to trials. For example, only five percent of participants across the trials were Hispanic and those with an adult child study partner were twice as likely as those with spouse partners to be Hispanic. In addition, six percent of participants were African-American and those with adult child study partners were nearly three times as likely to be African-American as those with spouse study partners.

For the study, the research team categorized people with Alzheimer's disease based on the type of study partner they had -- either spouse, adult child or other study partners -- from six clinical trials conducted by the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study.

In addition to the differences in enrollment, they found that participants with other study partners were at increased risk to drop out of studies.

After considering other factors, the risk of dropout for the "other" study partner group was 70 percent higher than that for the "spouse" study partner group.

The study was supported by the National Institute on Aging, the Sidell-Kagan Foundation and the Marian S. Ware Alzheimer Program.

To learn more about Alzheimer's disease, visit http://www.aan.com/patients.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. J. D. Grill, R. Raman, K. Ernstrom, P. Aisen, J. Karlawish. Effect of study partner on the conduct of Alzheimer disease clinical trials. Neurology, 2012; DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31827debfe

Cite This Page:

American Academy of Neurology (AAN). "People without spouses under-represented in Alzheimer's clinical trials." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 December 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121219173950.htm>.
American Academy of Neurology (AAN). (2012, December 19). People without spouses under-represented in Alzheimer's clinical trials. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121219173950.htm
American Academy of Neurology (AAN). "People without spouses under-represented in Alzheimer's clinical trials." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121219173950.htm (accessed April 21, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, April 21, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier

Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier

AP (Apr. 21, 2014) Breakfast is now being served with a side of sticker shock. The cost of morning staples like bacon, coffee and orange juice is on the rise because of global supply problems. (April 21) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Nine-Month-Old Baby Can't Open His Mouth

Nine-Month-Old Baby Can't Open His Mouth

Newsy (Apr. 19, 2014) Nine-month-old Wyatt Scott was born with a rare disorder called congenital trismus, which prevents him from opening his mouth. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
'Holy Grail' Of Weight Loss? New Find Could Be It

'Holy Grail' Of Weight Loss? New Find Could Be It

Newsy (Apr. 18, 2014) In a potential breakthrough for future obesity treatments, scientists have used MRI scans to pinpoint brown fat in a living adult for the first time. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Little Progress Made In Fighting Food Poisoning, CDC Says

Little Progress Made In Fighting Food Poisoning, CDC Says

Newsy (Apr. 18, 2014) A new report shows rates of two foodborne infections increased in the U.S. in recent years, while salmonella actually dropped 9 percent. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins