A University-AAA-State Partnership to Understand the Link Between Primary Care Physicians and Aging Service Providers in the Support of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD)

Engaging physicians with ADRD service providers is a challenge. Under a 2008-2010 Innovation Grant, a partnership between the university-based Carolina Alzheimer’s Network (CAN), two Area Agencies on Aging, and the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services recruited and trained 16 primary care physicians, engaged them with ADRD services providers, and generated 75 new ADRD patient and family referrals. To determine whether this project should be continued and replicated, however, more information is needed about this program and its outcomes. In this project, related information will be obtained from 30 primary care physicians and a sample of the family caregivers who provide support of persons with alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD).

Principal Investigator: Philip Sloane, M.D., M.P.H.

Funding: United States Administration on Aging

Total Project Period: 09/01/10 – 02/28/13