Clinical Research Training

Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) Scale

The following is an excerpt from the Washington University in St. Louis Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's website:

The CDR is a 5-point scale used to characterize six domains of cognitive and functional performance applicable to Alzheimer disease and related dementias: Memory, Orientation, Judgment & Problem Solving, Community Affairs, Home & Hobbies, and Personal Care. The necessary information to make each rating is obtained through a semi-structured interview of the patient and a reliable informant or collateral source (e.g., family member).

The Importance of Discussing End-of-Life Care with Patients

This course provides 1 AMA PRA Category I Credits for physicians who receive a score of 70% or better on the course. According to the Massachusetts Medical Society, the course objectives are as follows:-Review some of the landmarks in the development of end-of-life legislation;-Explore the concepts of living wills, health care proxies, power of attorney and DNR/DNI;-Discuss the attributes of Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms (MOLST).

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The following is an excerpt from the Partners HealthCare System Human Research Office website: All investigators and research personnel participating in the conduct of human-subject research at Partners HealthCare Systems organizations must complete the Partners Human Research Committee-approved basic education program developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

The NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function

WHAT AND WHY? NIH Toolbox is a multidimensional set of brief measures assessing cognitive, emotional, motor and sensory function from ages 3-85, meeting the need for a standart set of measures that can be used as a common currency across diverse study designs and settings.By using multiple constructs of each domain, the NIH Toolbox monitors neurological and behavioral function over time, and measures the domain constructs across developmental stages.