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Annual Wellness Visits for People with DementiaA National Study at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

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We are conducting a research study to learn more about the experiences of clinicians and caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. The goal of this study is to improve the experience and wellness services provided to these individuals during the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV).
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Contact Us

Samuel David
Study Coordinator
Phone: (409) 772-5514
Email:  savdavid@utmb.edu
Mail: 301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1150
University Health Clinics, 4th Floor, Room 4.530

How Caregivers & Patients Can Help

Early recognition of  memory loss and timeliness in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) diagnoses are key to optimal dementia care. We are on a mission to enhance the lives of those living with dementia. By participating in our study, you can help us improve the Annual Wellness Visit experience and wellness services provided to individuals with dementia.

  • Are you caring for your loved one 65 or older with a memory problem or dementia, and have attended at least one Annual Wellness Visit with them?
  • Or are you a Medicare beneficiary age 65 or older with a memory problem and have received at least one Annual Wellness Visit?

If so, your unique experience could be the key to enhancing wellness services during Annual Wellness Visits for individuals with dementia. If you answered yes, you could be a valuable participant in our research study! Participating is easy! It only requires a 30-minute virtual interview, conducted via telephone or Zoom, to share your experience with Annual Wellness Visits.

How Providers Can Help

  • Have you billed at least one Annual Wellness Visit?
  • Are you currently practicing as a family medicine physician, internal medicine primary care physician, geriatrician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant?

Clinicians participate in a brief virtual interview, lasting no more than 30 minutes. Topics covered include:

  • The impact of AWVs on reducing health disparities and enhancing outcomes for dementia patients. Workflow for early dementia diagnosis at your practice.
  • Strategies for streamlining early dementia diagnosis.
  • Previous preventive medicine services for Medicare beneficiaries with dementia.
  • Clinician experience in providing preventive medicine services to these beneficiaries.
  • Best practices in delivering preventive care to Medicare beneficiaries with dementia.
  • Suggestions for improving preventive medicine delivery for this demographic.

Mukaila Raji, MD, MA, Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD, and Ming Tzeng, PhD, RN, are the Principal Investigators of this study. This project is supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01AG083102 and has been approved as a national study by the institutional review board of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.