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The EAST-Dem study: a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 November 2017

Naaheed Mukadam*
Division of Psychiatry, UCL, London, UK
Claudia Cooper
Division of Psychiatry, UCL, London, UK
Gill Livingston
Division of Psychiatry, UCL, London, UK
Correspondence should be addressed to: Naaheed Mukadam, Division of Psychiatry, UCL, 6th Floor, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7NF, UK. Phone: 02076799251; Fax: 02076799426. Email:


We recruited eight general practice (GP) practices for a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a digital versatile disc/leaflet encouraging South Asian people to seek timely help for memory problems. Primary outcomes were feasibility (proportion of patients expressing interest, consenting) and acceptability. Seventy-eight of one hundred and two (76%) potential participants consented; 76/78 (97%) were followed-up. Thirty-seven of forty-one (90%) receiving the intervention rated this acceptable. Only 17/41 (41%) accessed it; they appeared then to be more likely to seek timely help. The intervention was acceptable and feasible but a full-scale RCT would be very expensive. It may be proportionate to make this intervention available without a full-scale RCT.

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This trial is listed on the ISRCTN registry with study ID ISRCTN67269658.


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