Participation of persons with dementia and their caregivers in research

Lori Frank, Lee A. Jennings, Ronald C. Petersen, Tabassum Majid, Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Lonni Schicker, Jason Karlawish

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Background: The National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the National Alzheimer's Project Act, convened a 2020 National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers. This review article addresses research participation by persons living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners in two different ways: as research participants with input on outcomes studied and as engaged research partners. Results: This article summarizes each of the topics presented at this Summit session, followed by reflection from the session panelists. Lee Jennings examined collection of outcomes directly from PLWD and the potential for individualized outcomes to enhance measurement in intervention trials. Ron Petersen discussed the impact of nomenclature on research and clinical care, and how and why investigators should be mindful of the connection between dementia nomenclature and the conduct of dementia research. Tabassum Majid examined strategies for engagement in research, including specific examples of involving PLWD and their care partners (including staff in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities), and the potential for this research engagement to improve our understanding of interventions in dementia. Conclusions: Research participation by PLWD and their care partners is evolving. This review summarizes three areas of opportunity and steps for researchers to work with PLWD and their care partners to design and conduct research that enhances knowledge based on what we learn from PLWD and their care partners, and creates knowledge with them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1784-1792
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • dementia nomenclature
  • goal attainment
  • research engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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