Alzheimer's Disease Treatment and Illness Perceptions Survey (TIPS) II

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00059410
First received: April 24, 2003
Last updated: December 10, 2009
Last verified: February 2008
  Purpose

The TIPS Study, or Treatment and Illness Perceptions Survey, is a study funded by the national Alzheimer's Association to learn more about differences between African Americans' and Whites' attitudes, beliefs, and experiences related to Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study involves a one-time 30-minute telephone survey in which participants are asked about a range of topics related to AD, including their personal experiences, their beliefs about the disease's symptoms and risk factors, and their attitude toward possible future treatment options. Information from the survey will be used to develop more culturally sensitive health education and healthcare services for persons with AD.


Condition
Alzheimer Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Alzheimer's Disease Treatment and Illness Perceptions Survey (TIPS) II

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):

Estimated Enrollment: 210
Study Start Date: January 2003
Study Completion Date: September 2005
Primary Completion Date: September 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The main goal of the Boston University's TIPS II project is to examine differences in Alzheimer's disease (AD) illness perceptions between African Americans and Whites in order to better understand attitudes and beliefs and to develop more culturally sensitive health services for AD. This 30-minute telephone survey will include a total of 140 first-degree relatives and caregivers of people with AD, as well as a comparison group of 70 adults without family history. The researchers will assess 1) beliefs about AD; 2) the perceived threat it poses; 3) sources of information about AD; 4) knowledge of basic facts about AD; 5) appraisal of AD treatments; and 6) intentions regarding current and emerging care options. Based on preliminary data, this study hypothesize that, as compared to Whites, African Americans will report lower levels of perceived threat, fewer sources of information, less awareness of facts, and less interest in care options. Focus group interviews with African American participants will help interpret study findings and inform recommendations for health education interventions.

Findings will inform the development of a set of recommendations for AD health educators that will help them tailor their interventions to African Americans. Such educational programs promote increased use of assessment, treatment, and caregiver assistance services. Results will also be used as pilot data in a proposal for a national survey of caregivers and relatives. This program of research will address a growing need for increased understanding of beliefs, knowledge, and intentions regarding AD. A total of 210 participants are being sought (105 African Americans, and 105 Whites). Participants who complete the survey will be given a $10.00 check, plus informational brochures on AD and the latest newsletter from the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Three groups of participants are sought to take part in the survey:

  • 70 primary caregivers(current or former) of persons with AD, or related memory disorders
  • 70 adult children and siblings of people with AD or related memory disorders
  • 70 adults age 40 and older without immediate family history of AD or related memory disorders

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not fluent in English
  • Cognitive impairment that would preclude responding to a 30-minute telephone survey
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00059410

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Boston University School of Medicine, Alzheimer's Disease Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Alzheimer's Association
Investigators
Study Director: Scott Roberts, PhD Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00059410     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IA0045, NIRG-02-3712, BUMC 2002-308
Study First Received: April 24, 2003
Last Updated: December 10, 2009
Health Authority: Unspecified

Keywords provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):
Alzheimer disease
Caregivers
African Americans
Perceptions
Cultural Competency

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alzheimer Disease
Dementia
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Tauopathies
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 27, 2014