HOW DOES THE CLINIC function ?
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM OUR SERVICES?
Anyone between the ages of 50 and 85 who…
- has mild memory problems
- has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or has a family history of Alzheimer’s disease
- has a companion who is able to accompany him/her for the visits
- has not experienced a serious brain injury or a stroke
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE COMPANION?
Consent to participate in the research study as a companion
Accompany the patient to their appointments
Provide additional information about the patient as necessary
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
- All of the services, testing, and appointments, offered at the Ottawa Memory Clinic are entirely free of charge to patients and their caregivers.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FIRST VISIT?
The first meeting at the clinic in Ottawa or Gatineau is with the nurse. The nurse will review your medical history and ask questions about your independent functions (lifestyle, domestic activities, cognition, and behaviour) to determine the type of memory loss. During this appointment some cognitve (memory) tests may be administered by the nurse..
The patient file is then transferred over to the medical team where it is evaluated and recommendations are provided. This is the first step in the process to access more rigorous testing available as part of the multiple research studies we offer to our patients. This is all done with complete confidentiality.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH STUDY?
Following a confirmed diagnosis, the doctor may propose that you participate in a clinical research study. The doctor will explain the objectives and the benefits of the study, as well as all associated risks.
The treament and the possible side effects are explained and you and your companion will be advised of all of the evaluations that will be completed. Participating in a research study is entirely voluntary, and the patient and caregiver must give their consent.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN A CLINICAL RESEARCH STUDY?
People are inspired by various reasons to become a « study subject » in a clinical trial. For some, it is a way to contibute to the advancement of science. For others, it’s an opportunity to try a new and innovative treatment that they otherwise would not be able to receive.
Many study subjects appreciate the medical follow up that is available while participating in a research study. All study participation is completely voluntary and consent can be withdrawn at any time, for any reason, without the loss of medical care.