DHMC researchers recruiting participants for long-term COVID study

Published: 04-19-2023 3:23 PM

LEBANON — A research team at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is recruiting participants for a study of the long-term effects of COVID-19 on thinking skills and auditory processing in adults who developed and continue to have mental fatigue after testing positive for the virus.

Participants must be 18 or older and have tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR or rapid test. They must be in generally good health, with no history of developmental disability or severe mental illness; no severe visual or hearing loss; and be vaccinated against COVID-19. Eligibility screening is conducted over the phone.

People may be eligible if they experience these symptoms more now than before contracting COVID-19: have difficulty concentrating, make slips of the tongue while speaking, find it difficult to find the right word, and poor memory.

Participation involves a five-hour time commitment in order to complete questionnaires, a hearing exam, a neurocognitive test battery, and tests that require listening and responding to auditory stimuli. An optional MRI portion takes an additional 2 hours. Testing takes place at DHMC in Lebanon.

Participants receive $100 for the full study, or $25 if they fail the in-person screening.

More information about the study is available by contacting Christopher Niemczak or Sam Leigh at: 603-646-5327 or space.medicine.lab@dartmouth.edu.