Stakeholders Understanding of Prevention Protection & Opportunities to Reduce FrequenT Hospitalizations

SUPPORT is a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This study is one part of a nation-wide effort to inform and improve national re-hospitalization policy.

  • This project focuses on people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  As a group, they often depend on health and social services to meet their needs.
  • People in this population are much more likely to have repeated hospital stays in a short period of time.
  • We want to understand why this happens and what strategies are effective to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations.
What are the project goals?
  • The main goal of this project is to learn more about strategies that keep people with dementia healthy and out of the hospital.
  • To achieve this, the SUPPORT study team is gathering feedback from caregivers as well as key hospital and community representatives on ways to reduce frequent hospital use among people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
What does the project involve?
  • This project involves conversations with people in 3-4 communities around the country.


  • Researchers will talk with about 100 caregivers, clinicians, and other community representatives such as advocates and social workers.


  • Conversations will last 30-60 minutes and include questions, such as:
        • How do you help keep your loved one (patient) healthy?
        • What are your experiences with having a loved on (patient) with dementia hospitalized and re-hospitalized?
        • What dementia resources exist in your community? Is it easy to get to these?

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