niksqpts Asked October 2009

Referred to doctor who is currently leading a study on alzheimers. What questions do I ask him in regards to my early stage AD mother?

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EXPERT Carol Bradley Bursack Oct 2009
Ask how far the trial has gone for safety checks. Ask about drug interactions with the meds she needs for other issues (if she needs them). Ask how closely she will be tracked, what negatives to watch for and if you can take her out of the study should you see negative effects.

All of this should be explained to you without asking, but you are smart to think about it. There may be others on the site who have used studies. Hopefully they will add to this, so keep posted.
Carol

PS - We'd also love your feedback as it happens. We'll be with you in spirit.
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erickson Oct 2009
First, I suggest you write down all of your questions prior to the appointment so as not to forget your questions. In addition, bring a pen and paper with you to take notes to review later. It can be overwhelming with the amount of information the physician will share and you'll want to review some notes after the appointment. Also ask for any printed material the physician may have re: the study.

As, Carol (Aging Care Expert) stated, the phase of the study is important so you understand how many participants have taken this medication and the results so far. I would also ask about the "placebo" group details, this is the number of people who are given a "non-medication". Interactions with current medications are important to assess, as well as side effects with your mother's current medical conditions.

In general, I would group your questions into categories in terms of side effects and benefits to participation in the study (physical functioning, ambulation, side-effects, medication, cognitive, appetite, continence, length of study, insurance $$, follow-up).

Good luck.

Stephanie Erickson
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