Why is this study important?
Changes in functioning and thinking are commonly found following major surgery - especially in seniors. The goal of this study is to learn about what causes these changes and to determine if there are long-term effects. Results from this study will help us better understand the causes of memory problems after major surgery and find more ways to facilitate recovery.
Who can participate?
- Age 70 or older
- Scheduled to undergo surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Able to speak and understand English
What will I have to do?
As a study participant you will be asked to take part in a series of interviews over a period of about two years. These interviews will be conducted at your home or in the hospital. Our trained research staff will ask you questions about your health and memory. We would also like to review your medical records for additional information about your health.
This study also includes blood samples. Some participants may also choose to enroll in a related study involving an MRI scan of the brain.
Will participation be kept confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the basic rights if research participants. Most people are very concerned about how researchers will protect their confidentiality. All staff in the study will be trained and certified to protect the confidentiality of participants. Records identifying participants will be locked and made available only to research staff.
Data used for analysis in research and for publication will be identified by a number only; no names will be used.
Who will use this information?
The information gathered during this study will be used by doctors and researchers to develop new ways that will help seniors recover after surgery.
What will participants receive for their time and effort?
We are grateful for your participation in our research study. Research volunteers contribute to an important scientific effort which ultimately benefits many people.
Participation in this study includes a monetary stipend to compensate you for your time and effort. You will receive $20-40 per interview (approximately $440 for the whole study). If you choose to participate in the brain MRI study, you will receive a stipend of $100 per scan.
Will transportation be provided?
Transportation to the hospital or a parking voucher will be provided for study procedures.
Will this cost me anything?
There are no charges for any of the study procedures.