AAFP NRN Recently Awarded Projects

Alzheimer’s Disease Screening Project:

The project will address obvious gaps in knowledge regarding screening for cognitive impairments in older adults and provide valuable information on the acceptability and effectiveness of cognitive impairment screening. The improved detection of cognitive impairment has been identified as important by our patient panel and primary care clinicians and is considered one of the top national priorities for comparative effectiveness research. Given the importance of this issue it is surprising that there have not been adequate studies done to make a recommendation for or against screening for cognitive impairment by the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). The overall objective of the study is to understand how routine and informed screening addresses the care gaps for people with cognitive impairment (including enrollment in a clinical trial).

Next Steps: The project team will be recruiting two primary care practices to pilot the screening intervention. If you currently do not routinely screen older adults for cognitive impairment and are interested in being considered for this pilot project, please contact Natalia Loskutova.

Adult ADHD “Toolkit” Development and Evaluation Project:

Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is studied far less than ADHD in childhood but it affects about four-five percent of the adult population. Currently there are no evidence-based guidelines to assist primary care providers with making assessment, treatment or referral decisions for their adult patients with ADHD symptoms. Primary care providers receive very little education about how to appropriately identify, diagnose, and treat adults with ADHD. The overall goal of the project is to provide primary care clinicians with a consensus-based, effective and practical platform of currently existing tools and evidence to screen, assess, diagnose, and effectively manage Adult ADHD. The project aims to develop and test in practice the “toolkit” for Adult ADHD assessment and management.

Next Steps: The project team will be recruiting primary care physicians to the expert panel that will develop the “toolkit” and 6 primary care practices to test the toolkit intervention. If you are interested in being considered for this project as either an expert panel member or a participating practice, please contact Natalia Loskutova.

Opioid States Technical Assistance Team Education and Support:

The AAFP NRN, in partnership with the American Academy Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and other organizations, was selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs/services across the Opioid State Technical Assistance program in the US.

Next Steps: The project team will be recruiting primary care physicians in each state and territory of the United States to join the team of experts that provide technical assistance to others. If you have at least two years of experience in treatment and in recovery services for opioid use disorders and are interested in being considered for this project, please contact Natalia Loskutova.