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BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE IN ASYMPTOMATIC ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

A.M. Downing, R. Yaari, D.E. Ball, K.J. Selzler, M.D. Devous, Sr

J Prev Alz Dis 2016;3(1):30-42

Due to the growing global health impact of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there is a greater need for interventions that prevent or delay the onset of clinical symptoms of this debilitating disease. Clinical trials for disease-modifying compounds in AD have shifted towards earlier stages in the spectrum of illness, including the stage prior to cognitive symptoms. A population of specific interest for clinical research includes individuals with evidence of Alzheimer’s disease pathology who are asymptomatic (ADPa). The challenges and barriers regarding medical treatment of ADPa must be identified and addressed prior to the completion of a positive clinical trial in order to accelerate the translation of research findings to clinical practice. This report applies an existing public health impact model from Spencer and colleagues (2013) to evaluate the readiness of the clinical practice environment to treat ADPa individuals if a disease-modifying agent achieves approval. We contrast the current clinical practice environment with a potential future state through investigating the effectiveness, reach, feasibility, sustainability, and transferability of the practice of treating ADPa individuals.

CITATION:
A.M. Downing ; R. Yaari ; D.E. Ball ; K.J. Selzler ; M.D. Devous, Sr (2015): Bridging the Gap between Research and Clinical Practice in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease. The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2015.86

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