Volunteers Needed for a Focus Group Study

Seeking Volunteers for a Focus Group Study About Medication Management by Family Caregivers

Managing medications for a person who lives with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) can be challenging. Combined with the effects of cognitive impairment, sensory deficits, and difficulty in completing daily living activities, complex medication regimens can cause caregiver stress. Managing medications can be especially challenging when your family member living with ADRD also has other chronic conditions that require medications, such as hypertension or diabetes. Medication adherence among persons living with ADRD is staggeringly low. Low adherence to medication regimens can compromise health and quality of life.

Researchers at UT Health San Antonio would like your help to learn more about how to improve medication adherence and alleviate the stress from managing medications.

We are excited to introduce you to Jia Liu, PhD, RN, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UT Health School of Nursing. Dr. Liu’s research program focuses on utilizing health IT to improve disease management for people living with ADRD and their caregivers. She works closely with an interdisciplinary team, including Kylie Meyer, PhD, from the Caring for the Caregiver program, to explore the problem of medication management by family caregivers. Her research integrating health technology will inform interventions to help families living with dementia improve their quality of life.

Dr. Liu is currently recruiting for the study “Medication Management by Caregivers of Persons Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias In Various Stages of Disease.”

The purpose of this research is to understand the challenges families experience when managing medications, as well as how caregivers cope with medication demands. She would like to invite caregivers to persons living with dementia to participate in a focus group held over Zoom. Participants will complete online questionnaires and participate in one focus group about medication management with up to 4 other caregivers who care for a person living with the same stage of ADRD. The total time commitment will be about 2-2.5 hours. Participants may earn up to $50 as a thank you for their participation.

You may be eligible to participate if you have reliable access to email, a computer, and the internet to complete study activities, and currently provide unpaid assistance to someone who has a physician diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you are interested, please complete the eligibility form at the link below, then enter this code: CH9NXMYPL.

Link to eligibility survey: https://redcap.uthscsa.edu/REDCap/surveys/

View the flyer for more information on Managing Medications for ADRD [CLICK HERE]

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