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2007 Grant - Gitlin
Heath-Related Quality of Life in Individuals With Dementia Living at Home
Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University
2007 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Although the vast majority of individuals with dementia live at home, little research has been conducted on their quality of life. Instead, most research has focused on people in assisted living facilities and has generally found that many people in these facilities have a poor health-related quality of life. Likewise, preliminary research indicates that people with moderate dementia who are living at home suffer from undetected medical problems, which affect their quality of life.
Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D., and colleagues will conduct a quality-of-life study of 102 people with mild to moderate dementia who are living at home and an assessment of caregiver well-being. The researchers will use a combination of collecting blood and urine specimens, making observations and using individual and caregiver comments.
The researchers' goal is to identify treatable medical conditions, such as urinary tract infections, or home hazards that are contributing to a person's poor quality of life, but which can be remedied. Their results may help improve guidelines for the medical and home management of people with dementia.