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Welcome to the SUPPORT Study website!

Thank you for taking a few minutes to learn more about what we are doing and how you can get involved.

  • This project focuses on people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. People living with dementia are a growing part of the American population. As a group, they often depend on health and social services to meet their needs.
  • People in this population are much more likely to have repeated hospital stays in a short period of time.
  • We want to understand why this happens and what strategies are effective to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations

The SUPPORT Study (Stakeholders Understanding of Prevention Protection & Opportunities to Reduce FrequenT Hospitalizations) is a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This study is one part of a nation-wide effort to inform and improve national re-hospitalization policy.

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What are the project goals?

  • The main goal of this project is to learn more about strategies that keep people with dementia healthy and out of the hospital
  • To achieve this, the SUPPORT study team is gathering feedback from caregivers as well as key hospital and community representatives on ways to reduce frequent hospital use among people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

What does the project involve?

  • This project involves conversations with people in 3-4 communities around the country.
  • Researchers will talk with about 100 caregivers, clinicians, and other community representative such as advocates and social workers.
  • Interviews take place either as group conversations (i.e. focus groups) or individually depending on each participant’s preference.
  • Conversations will last 30-60 minutes and include questions, such as:
    • How do you help keep your loved one (patient) healthy?
    • What are your experiences with having a loved one (patient) with dementia hospitalized and rehospitalized?
    • What dementia resources exist in your community? Is it easy to get to these?
  • People who participate in these conversations will each be paid $35 for their time
  • If you are interested in getting involved, please send us an email using the ‘Contact Us’ Form at the bottom of the page

This project is funded by the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Grant #1R01MD010243-01