A new study is investigating the link between memory problems and a lung disease called ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’. We caught up with the study team to find out more:

What are the main aims of the study?

We are investigating whether people with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are more likely to have memory problems compared to the rest of the general population, and if so whether the type of memory problems are different to those seen in people with Alzheimers disease or vascular dementia. We are therefore inviting people with known dementia to take part so that we can compare memory assessment scores with people with COPD.

What does it involve for a participant?respiratory

Participation involves a one-off study visit, where a researcher will meet you and perform a cognitive assessment questionnaire as well as take information about your medical history. There will be no change to your medications, blood tests or scans.

How long is the study for?

We aim to recruit until April 2017, each study visit usually takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour.

What do you hope the outcomes of the study will be?

We hope to demonstrate how common memory problems are in patients with COPD and show whether or not the pattern of memory problems are different to those seen in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. The information we gain my change the way in which we screen patients with lung problems for memory problems and the findings of this study may inform future research.

Where is the study based?

We are currently recruiting in the West Midlands area only.

Who can take part?

Anyone aged over 65, who doesn’t have COPD but does have a diagnosis of either vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can take part. You must be able to speak fluent English.

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