VPH‐DARE@IT aims to provide a systematic, multifactorial and multiscale modelling approach to understanding dementia onset and progression. The project started in January 2013 and will run until July 2017. It was co‐funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7 with a consortium of 20 partners from six member states.
When it comes to the study design for the VPH‐DARE@IT technology scenarios for improved dementia care management, the main source of data in the project are large and comprehensive retrospective study cohorts that are public or available through the lead project partners. Since these retrospective cohorts share similar data sources, modelling across cohorts is feasible. 14 cohorts with 8,367 patients were used. In addition, prospective patient cohorts with 230 patients have been collected by three clinical sites.
The evaluation of the VPH‐DARE@IT technologies assumes a 5 stage model based on the results of a patient’s Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE).