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Do Patients Want to Know Whether Alzheimer Disease Awaits Them?

"Interest in predictive testing for Alzheimer disease (AD) and advanced care planning is high among the general public, according to results of a survey-based cross-sectional study within the National Institute on Aging’s Health and Retirement Study (HRS).1 Although research on accurate prediction of AD has been ramped up, predictive testing has yet to be made available—and the question looms as to whether a person would want to live with the knowledge that AD is waiting in the wings.

Because informal surveys have shown that the public has a keen interest in knowing AD risk status despite the prognosis, researchers from Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco analyzed HRS 2012 data (Experimental Module 6) designed to speak to this issue."

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