Achieving Health Equity in Embedded Pragmatic Trials for People Living with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers

Ana R. Quiñones, Susan L. Mitchell, Jonathan D. Jackson, María P. Aranda, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, Ellen P. McCarthy, Ladson Hinton

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Embedded pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) advance research on Alzheimer's disease/Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD) in real-world contexts; however, health equity issues have not yet been fully considered, assessed, or integrated into ePCT designs. Health disparity populations may not be well represented in ePCTs without special efforts to identify and successfully recruit sites of care that serve larger numbers of these populations. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer's disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory's Health Equity Team will contribute to the overall mission of the collaboratory by developing and implementing strategies to address health equity in the conduct of ePCTs and ensure the collaboratory is a national resource for all Americans with dementia. As a first step toward meeting these goals, this article reviews what is currently known about the inclusion of health disparities populations of people living with dementia (PLWD) and their caregivers in ePCTs, highlights unique challenges related to health equity in the conduct of ePCTs, and suggests priority areas in the design and implementation of ePCTs to increase the awareness and avoidance of pitfalls that may perpetuate and magnify healthcare disparities. J Am Geriatr Soc 68:S8–S13, 2020.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S8-S13
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • caregivers
  • dementia
  • health equity
  • pragmatic trials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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