|Behavioral Approaches to the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease: Research Strategies|
Barriers to Behavioral Research on Dementia
|Jeffrey L. Cummings a1a2|
a1 Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine, California, U.S.A.
a2 Behavioral Neuroscience Section, Psychiatry Service, West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Barriers to behavioral research are multifactorial. They include attitudinal, conceptual, financial, and administrative factors. In general, behavioral research and clinical research have received less support than basic science research (Marshall, 1994). The traditional emphasis has been on funding of basic research with the expectation that clinical research can be pursued without specific financial support. Although this might have been possible in the past, the increasingly tight control of clinicians' time and the need for cost-effective healthcare delivery have rendered this approach obsolete. Advances in clinically applicable information will require the type of research funding usually reserved for basic science endeavors.