Care Ecosystem - Navigating Patients and Families Through Stages of Care

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Study directors: Bruce Miller, MD; Kate Possin, PhD; and Stephen Bonasera, MD

Sponsor: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Recruiting: Study recruitment has ended February 28, 2017

Official study title: The UCSF and UNMC Dementia Care Ecosystem: Using Innovative

Technologies to Personalize and Deliver Coordinated Dementia Care

Program Description

The Care Ecosystem is a proactive, phone-based model that emphasizes coordinated, continuous, and personalized care and aims to improve health and satisfaction for people with dementia and their caregivers.


Most dementia care today is crisis-oriented, intermittent, and impersonal. The goal of this study is to better understand the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers, to improve the care of those with dementia, and to lower dementia care costs in the future. Dementia is clinically defined as cognitive impairment (a decline in memory and other thinking skills) that affects daily function.

Goals of the Intervention

Care Ecosystem aims to assist caregivers with the following:

The Care Ecosystem study is supported by Grant Number 1C1CMS331346 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The content of this webpage is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.

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