The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Center of Excellence in Long-Term Care is seeking nursing facilities in the Central Texas area to participate in an eight-week study of residents with dementia. The goal of the study is to determine if restless leg syndrome (RLS) could be the underlying cause of nighttime agitation that these residents may experience. 

The benefits of participation include:

  • Reduce the use of antipsychotics and improve your residents’ quality of life and well-being.
  • Residents receive diagnosis of RLS, a treatable condition that causes discomfort using a new tool that is not currently available to doctors.
  • Residents receive visits by the study nurse that may result in early identification of health problems and increased socialization.
  • Residents receive a tailored treatment to reduce nighttime agitation behaviors developed by our multidisciplinary team of experts and shared with your facility and residents’ physicians.
  • Residents and staff contribute to important research that will help improve the lives of others with nighttime agitation, dementia and RLS.
  • Staff can learn how to improve residents’ quality of care from a team of leading experts in geriatrics, dementia and sleep.
  • Data from this clinical trial will be used to create best practices for people exhibiting nighttime agitation.

To sign up for participation in this study please fill out the survey.

The principal investigators for the NightRest Study are:

  • Kathy Richards, PhD, RN, FAAN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Christine R. Kovach, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

For additional information, please visit the research study listing on ClinicalTrials.Gov and the latest press release from the University of Texas, Researchers Seek to Reduce Nighttime Agitation in People with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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