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Title: Would transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) enhance the effects of working memory training in older adults with mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer's disease: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
Publication Date: 2015-10-24
Authors: Cheng, Calvin P W
Chan, Sandra S M
Mak, Arthur D P
Chan, Wai Chi
Cheng, Sheung Tak
Shi, Lin
Wang, Defeng
Lam, Linda Chiu-Wa
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Tai Po Hospital, 9 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong. cpw182@ha.org.hk..
Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Rm G25, G/F, Multi-center, Tai Po Hospital, 9 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong. schan@cuhk.edu.hk..
Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Rm G25, G/F, Multi-center, Tai Po Hospital, 9 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong. arthurdpmak@cuhk.edu.hk..
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong, 3/F, HKJC for Interdisciplinary Research, 5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. waicchan@hku.hk..
Department of Health and Physical Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Rm D4-2/F-03, Block D4, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, NT, Hong Kong. takcheng@ied.edu.hk..
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 9/F, Lui Che Woo Sciences Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong. shilin@cuhk.edu.hk..
Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong. dfwang@cuhk.edu.hk..
Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Rm G25, G/F, Multi-center, Tai Po Hospital, 9 Chuen On Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong. cwlam@cuhk.edu.hk..
Publication Date: 24-Oct-2015
Abstract: There has been longstanding interesting in cognitive training for older adults with cognitive impairment. In this study, we will investigate the effects of working memory training, and explore augmentation strategies that could possibly consolidate the effects in older adults with mild neurocognitive disorder. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been demonstrated to affect the neuronal excitability and reported to enhance memory performance. As tDCS may also modulate cognitive function through changes in neuroplastic response, it would be adopted as an augmentation strategy for working memory training in the present study. This is a 4-week intervention double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT) of tDCS. Chinese older adults (aged 60 to 90 years) with mild neurocognitive disorder due to Alzheimer's disease (DSM-5 criteria) would be randomized into a 4-week intervention of either tDCS-working memory (DCS-WM), tDCS-control cognitive training (DCS-CC), and sham tDCS-working memory (WM-CD) groups. The primary outcome would be working memory test - the n-back task performance and the Chinese version of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale - Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog). Secondary outcomes would be test performance of specific cognitive domains and mood. Intention-to-treat analysis would be carried out. Changes of efficacy indicators with time and intervention would be tested with mixed effect models. This study adopts the theory of neuroplasticity to evaluate the potential cognitive benefits of non-invasive electrical brain stimulation, working memory training and dual stimulation in older adults at risk of cognitive decline. It would also examine the tolerability, program adherence and adverse effects of this novel intervention. Information would be helpful for further research of dementia prevention studies. ChiCTR-TRC- 14005036 Date of registration: 31 July 2014.
Journal title: Trials
Citation: Trials 2015-10-24; 16: 479
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10137/2679
DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-0999-0
PubMed: 26499250
Type: Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Subject: Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Alzheimer Disease
Brain
Clinical Protocols
Combined Modality Therapy
Double-Blind Method
Female
Hong Kong
Humans
Intention to Treat Analysis
Male
Middle Aged
Neuronal Plasticity
Neuropsychological Tests
Patient Compliance
Research Design
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Cognition
Cognitive Therapy
Memory, Short-Term
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
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