PROTOCOL FOR THE BRAIN HEALTH SUPPORT PROGRAM STUDY OF THE CANADIAN THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM TRIAL FOR MULTIDOMAIN INTERVENTIONS TO PREVENT DEMENTIA (CANTHUMBS UP): A PROSPECTIVE 12-MONTH INTERVENTION STUDY
H.H. Feldman, S. Belleville, H.B. Nygaard, M. Montero-Odasso, J. Durant, J.-L. Lupo, C. Revta, S. Chan, M. Cuesta, P.J. Slack, S. Winer, P.W.H. Brewster, S.M. Hofer, A. Lim, A. Centen, D.M. Jacobs, N.D. Anderson, J.D. Walker, M.R. Speechley, G.Y. Zou, H. Chertkow, for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), CAN-THUMBS UP Study Group
J Prev Alz Dis 2023;4(10):875-885
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: CAN-THUMBS UP is designed as a comprehensive and innovative fully remote program to 1) develop an interactive and compelling online Brain Health Support Program intervention, with potential to positively influence dementia literacy, self-efficacy and lifestyle risk factors; 2) enroll and retain a community-dwelling Platform Trial Cohort of individuals at risk of dementia who will participate in the intervention; 3) support an open platform trial to test a variety of multidomain interventions that might further benefit individuals at risk of dementia. This manuscript presents the Brain Health Support Program Study protocol.
DESIGN/SETTING: Twelve-month prospective multi-center longitudinal study to evaluate a fully remote web-based educational intervention. Participants will subsequently be part of a Platform Trial Cohort and may be eligible to participate in further dementia prevention clinical trials.
PARTICIPANTS: Three hundred fifty older adults who are cognitively unimpaired or have mild cognitive impairment, with at least 1 well established dementia risk factor.
INTERVENTION: Participants engage in the Brain Health Support Program intervention for 45-weeks and complete pre/post intervention measures. This intervention is designed to convey best available evidence for dementia prevention, consists of 181 chapters within 8 modules that are progressively delivered, and is available online in English and French. The program has been developed as a collaborative effort by investigators with recognized expertise in the program’s content areas, along with input from older-adult citizen advisors.
MEASUREMENTS: This study utilizes adapted remote assessments with accessible technologies (e.g. videoconferencing, cognitive testing via computer and mobile phone, wearable devices to track physical activity and sleep, self-administered saliva sample collection). The primary outcome is change in dementia literacy, as measured by the Alzheimer’s Disease Knowledge Scale. Secondary outcomes include change in self-efficacy; engagement using the online program; user satisfaction ratings; and evaluation of usability and acceptance. Exploratory outcomes include changes in attitudes toward dementia, modifiable risk factors, performance on the Neuropsychological Test Battery, performance on self-administered online cognitive assessments, and levels of physical activity and sleep; success of the national recruitment plan; and the distribution of age adjusted polygenic hazard scores.
CONCLUSIONS: This fully remote study provides an accessible approach to research with all study activities being completed in the participants’ home environment. This approach may reduce barriers to participation, provide an easier and less demanding participant experience, and reach a broader geography with recruitment from all regions of Canada. CAN-THUMBS UP represents a Canadian contribution to the global World-Wide FINGERS program (alz.org/wwfingers).
H.H. Feldman ; S. Belleville ; H.B. Nygaard ; M. Montero-Odasso ; J. Durant ; J.-L. Lupo ; C. Revta ; S. Chan ; M. Cuesta ; P.J. Slack ; S. Winer ; P.W.H. Brewster ; S.M. Hofer ; A. Lim ; A. Centen ; D.M. Jacobs ; N.D. Anderson ; J.D. Walker ; M.R. Speechley ; G.Y. Zou ; H. Chertkow ; for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), CAN-THUMBS UP Study Group ; (2023): Protocol for the Brain Health Support Program Study of the Canadian Therapeutic Platform Trial for Multidomain Interventions to Prevent Dementia (CAN-THUMBS UP): A Prospective 12-Month Intervention Study . The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2023.65