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New Survey Reveals Gap in Understanding of Alzheimer's Disease Risk and Prevention Among Most Vulnerable Populations
Date:5/4/2009

OO, Eisai Corporation of North America. "We commend the CBC for advancing the discussion of health disparities and for providing a forum to explore potential solutions. As a company committed to human health care (hhc), Eisai will continue to work with health care professionals, patients and policymakers to improve access and quality of care for all people with Alzheimer's."

A majority of respondents supported an Alzheimer's screening test and thought the government should do more to ensure access. Barriers to appropriate care include cost as well as the perception that quality of care is influenced by race.

"We must continue our work to reduce healthcare disparities across many chronic diseases and ensure equality of access," said Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. "For Alzheimer's, we need to make sure proper screening is available and that patients and physicians are having productive dialogue about this disease. On a broader scale, results of this survey underscore the need for better health services in minority communities."

About the Survey

Eisai and The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation collaborated on a survey, conducted by Dutko Research and Polling, to learn more about African American and Hispanic adults' perceptions about the risks for and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Funding for the survey was provided by Eisai. The national telephone survey assessed the opinions and attitudes of 601 African American adults and 602 Hispanic adults across the United States from March 26-April 7, 2009. The margin of error for this survey is plus or minus 4.0 percent.

About Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive brain disease currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than five millio
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