USC Research Reveals Culturally-Tailored Text Messages Improves Alzheimer’s Engagement Among African Americans

Dec 4, 2018 | African Americans, Alzheimer, Alzheimer's Disease Trial, Patient Engagement, Social Determinants of Health

African American Alzheimer

Jenesse Miller writing for USC reports that a new study reveals that older African-Americans who received culturally tailored text messages about Alzheimer’s disease had the highest increase in Alzheimer’s disease literacy levels when compared with other participants. USC researchers have published the study in the American Journal for Geriatric Psychiatry.  The results show that culturally competent educational formats are an important way to reduce health care disparities. The BrainWorks study tested an intervention that began with participants attending an hourlong “talk show” in an African American community setting that delivered the information about Alzheimer’s.  Increasing Alzheimer’s literacy among African-Americans is crucial increasing their awareness of their personal risk for the disease.

Lead Research/Investigator

Karen Lincoln, associate professor, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

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