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Benzi M. Kluger, M.D., M.S.

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MD | University of Colorado Health Science Center-Denver

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008
Fellowship in Movement Disorders at University of Florida College of Medicine-GME

07/01/2005 - 06/30/2007
Fellowship in Psychiatry & Neurology, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at University of Florida College of Medicine-GME

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2005
Residency in Neurology at University of Colorado Internal Medicine/Pediatrics GME

06/01/2001 - 06/30/2002
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Colorado Internal Medicine/Pediatrics GME

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Clinical Trials

Improving Care Partner Outcomes Through Positive Connections

Lead Researcher: Benzi M Kluger

This study examines a behavioral intervention to improve social connection and reduce loneliness for caregivers of a loved one with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The intervention is called Social LEAF. The objective is to examine psychological mechanisms whereby Social LEAF delivered in a group and via video call reduces loneliness and improves positive emotions for older caregivers of loved ones with DLB. This is an 18-month Stage 2 study examining Social LEAF, which is strengths-based and teaches positive coping skills focused on improving social relationships and is delivered remotely in a group format. These two adaptations to the original LEAF intervention are included to provide a more potent means of improving social connection. A pilot phase with 20 caregivers (Aim 1) will address these adaptations regarding feasibility, acceptability, and signal for reducing loneliness, with refinements as needed. A second phase (Aims 2 and 3) will involve a randomized trial comparing Social LEAF to control (30 caregivers in each arm) on loneliness (primary outcome), positive affect (mechanism), and social engagement (mechanism). Data will also be collected on acceptability and perceived benefits using mixed methods. Aim 1 is to refine the LEAF intervention to target social relationships and loneliness. Aim 2 is to examine feasibility and acceptability of Social LEAF for DLB caregivers. Aim 3 is to examine efficacy of Social LEAF in reducing loneliness, increasing positive affect, and increasing social engagement.

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