Recent Papers

Carl Taswell et al, 2018, Safety of Disclosing Amyloid Imaging Results to MCI and AD Patients published as MHFM 2018 Volume 14 Issue 2 pages 748-756.

Objective: To assess the psychological impact of disclosing a positive or negative amyloid brain scan result to symptomatic individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Design: Prospective longitudinal cohort study. Setting: Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Participants: A total of 133 individuals aged 50–85 with MCI or mild AD enrolled in the study with data collected between October 2014 and June 2016. Interventions: Disclosure of amyloid imaging results to participants. Measurements: Positron emission tomography (PET) brain amyloid imaging with [18F]-NAV4694; psychometric scales including the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale, Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales (HADS-A and HADS-D) and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) performed before and after disclosure of amyloid imaging results. Results: We did not observe any worsening of psychological health with a panel of psychometric scales assessed on individuals to whom amyloid brain scan results were disclosed. Conclusions: We consider it safe, without apparent risk of harm to patients, to disclose amyloid imaging results to patients who have no prior history of neuropsychiatric illness.

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