Feasibility and Optimization of a Cognitive Intervention for Parkinson disease

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Tasha Doty
(314) 362-7160
dotyt@npg.wustl.edu

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
The purpose of this research study is to determine if a cognitive strategy treatment plan can help people with Parkinson’s disease improve cognitive function in their everyday activities. We want to 1) Develop a treatment plan based on your specific cognitive goals and needs, and 2) Carry out the cognitive treatment plan over the course of six weekly sessions, and 3) Evaluate the effectiveness of the cognitive treatment plan after it is completed.

WHO IS NEEDED?
1) Volunteers must be diagnosed with PD.
2) Volunteers can be males or females over 50 years of age.
3) Volunteers must be able to identify at least one mild problem or concern with thinking or memory that they would like to work on in the study.
4) Volunteers must not have a history of brain surgery or other neurological problems besides PD.
5) People taking certain medications or with other serious systemic health problems (e.g., heart failure) will be excluded.

Study participation involves 8 study sessions total, and includes the following:

Week 1 – Pre-Treatment Session: You will come to the WUSM Movement Disorders Clinic for this session. We will give an explanation of the cognitive intervention purpose and process. We will ask you some questions about your memory and use of memory strategies, and have you fill out some questionnaires about your everyday memory, mood and activities. We will also have you complete some memory and thinking tests. This session will last two hours.

Weeks 2-7 – Cognitive Treatment: The treatment portion of this study includes six, one-hour face-to-face sessions that will take place at your home. A trained Occupational Therapist will deliver a cognitive treatment plan that is tailored specifically to your goals and needs, which will be discussed with you prior to starting the treatment. The treatment will involve you performing some common daily activities, using and practicing some cognitive strategies, and evaluating your performance on these activities with the Occupational Therapist.

Week 8 – Post-Treatment session: After the cognitive treatment is complete, you will have one final session at the Movement Disorders Center. We will ask you some questions about your memory and use of memory strategies, and have you fill out some questionnaires about your everyday memory and activities. We will also have you complete some memory and thinking tests. We will also ask you some questions about the treatment in a short face-to-face interview. This session lasts two hours.

You will be compensated for your time and participation.

WHO IS THE PRIMARY INVESTIGATOR?
Erin R. Foster, OTD

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Coordinator Name: Tasha Doty
Tel: (314) 362-7160 Email: dotyt@npg.wustl.edu