Keck School Faculty

Soo Borson

Soo Borson

Clinical Professor of Family Medicine (Part-Time)
Family Medicine
1000 S. Fremont Ave. Off Campus Alhambra


Two concurrent randomized controlled trials of CommunityRx, a social care intervention for family and friend caregivers delivered at the point of care Res Sq. 2023 Mar 01. . View in PubMed

Program of Intensive Support in Emergency Departments for Care Partners of Cognitively Impaired Patients: Protocol for a Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial JMIR Res Protoc. 2022 Oct 20; 11(10):e36607. . View in PubMed

Caregiving in a Pandemic: Health-Related Socioeconomic Vulnerabilities Among Women Caregivers Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic Ann Fam Med. 2022 Sep-Oct; 20(5):406-413. . View in PubMed

Inclusion of older adults and reporting of consent processes in randomized controlled trials in the emergency department: A scoping review J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2022 Aug; 3(4):e12774. . View in PubMed

Perspective on Goldfarb et al, Design and Development of a Community-Based, Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Dementia Care Program. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2022 06; 30(6):661-663. . View in PubMed

Challenges and opportunities in conducting research with older adults with dementia during COVID-19 and beyond J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 05; 70(5):1306-1313. . View in PubMed

A mixed-methods evaluation of home-based primary care in dementia within an integrated system J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 04; 70(4):1136-1146. . View in PubMed

Dementia diagnosis and utilization patterns in a racially diverse population within an integrated health care delivery system Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2022; 8(1):e12279. . View in PubMed

Developing a New Behavioral Framework for Dementia Care Partner Resilience: A Mixed Research Synthesis Gerontologist. 2022 04 20; 62(4):e265-e281. . View in PubMed

Knowledge and Attitudes Concerning Aducanumab Among Older Americans After FDA Approval for Treatment of Alzheimer Disease JAMA Netw Open. 2022 02 01; 5(2):e2148355. . View in PubMed

Estimating Progression Rates Across the Spectrum of Alzheimer's Disease for Amyloid-Positive Individuals Using National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Data Neurol Ther. 2021 Dec; 10(2):941-953. . View in PubMed

Patterns of incident dementia codes during the COVID-19 pandemic at an integrated healthcare system J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 12; 69(12):3389-3396. . View in PubMed

Developing a Unifying Model of Resilience in Dementia Caregiving: A Scoping Review and Content Analysis J Appl Gerontol. 2021 10; 40(10):1377-1388. . View in PubMed

Community health workers and care of older adults: How to learn what we need to know J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 06; 69(6):1466-1468. . View in PubMed

Serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms and depressive symptoms in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Expert Rev Respir Med. 2021 05; 15(5):681-687. . View in PubMed

Invigorating primary care for older adults living with dementia J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 05; 69(5):1186-1189. . View in PubMed

Assessing caregiver needs Int Psychogeriatr. 2021 04; 33(4):331-334. . View in PubMed

Modifying the Mini-Cog to Screen for Cognitive Impairment in Nonliterate Individuals Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2021; 2021:5510093. . View in PubMed

Incident Dementia, Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) Levels, and Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations in People Aged 65 and Older With Diabetes J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 10 13; 76(11):2054-2061. . View in PubMed

Reply to: MoCA Test Mandatory Training and Certification: What Is the Purpose? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 02; 68(2):445-446.. View in PubMed

Early Detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in an At-Home Setting J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 7(3):171-178. . View in PubMed

Rationale for Early Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Supported by Emerging Digital Technologies J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 7(3):158-164. . View in PubMed

Early Detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in Primary Care J Prev Alzheimers Dis. 2020; 7(3):165-170. . View in PubMed

Monetizing the MoCA: What Now? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 11; 67(11):2229-2231.. View in PubMed

Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care: Bringing Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Home J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 10; 67(10):2174-2179. . View in PubMed

Dementia-Capable Healthcare: One Step Closer J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 03; 67(3):419-420. . View in PubMed

Systems Delivery Innovation for Alzheimer Disease Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 02; 27(2):149-161. . View in PubMed

Toward a Sequential Strategy for Diagnosing Neurocognitive Disorders: A Consensus from the "Act On Dementia" European Joint Action J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 72(2):363-372. . View in PubMed

Screening Positive for Cognitive Impairment: Impact on Healthcare Utilization and Provider Action in Primary and Specialty Care Practices J Gen Intern Med. 2018 10; 33(10):1746-1751. . View in PubMed

SAVing Cognitive Function: What Can We Learn About Risk of Cognitive Impairment from Studies of Small Area Variation? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 07; 66(7):1254-1255.. View in PubMed

Managing Your Loved One's Health: Development of a New Care Management Measure for Dementia Family Caregivers J Appl Gerontol. 2018 05; 37(5):620-643. . View in PubMed

Graphical Instructions for Administration and Scoring the Mini-Cog: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 05; 66(5):987-991. . View in PubMed

Genetic Risk of Alzheimer's Disease: Three Wishes Now That the Genie is Out of the Bottle J Alzheimers Dis. 2018; 66(2):421-423. . View in PubMed

Measuring caregiver activation to identify coaching and support needs: Extending MYLOH to advanced chronic illness PLoS One. 2018; 13(10):e0205153. . View in PubMed

Personalized long-term prediction of cognitive function: Using sequential assessments to improve model performance J Biomed Inform. 2017 Dec; 76:78-86. . View in PubMed

Innovation in care for individuals with cognitive impairment: Can reimbursement policy spread best practices? Alzheimers Dement. 2017 Oct; 13(10):1168-1173.. View in PubMed

Recurring Vivid Dreams in an Older Hmong Man With Complex Trauma Experience and Cognitive Impairment WMJ. 2017 Aug; 116(3):171-172. . View in PubMed

Psychometric Evaluation of Kingston Caregiver Stress Scale Clin Gerontol. 2017 Jul-Sep; 40(4):268-280. . View in PubMed

Potentially preventable hospitalizations in dementia: family caregiver experiences Int Psychogeriatr. 2017 07; 29(7):1201-1211. . View in PubMed

Objective and Subjective Cognitive Problems among Caregivers and Matched Non-caregivers Gerontologist. 2017 08 01; 57(4):637-647. . View in PubMed

Electroconvulsive therapy for depression in Parkinson's disease: systematic review of evidence and recommendations Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2016 Apr; 6(2):161-76. . View in PubMed

Quality Improvement in Skilled Nursing Facilities for Residents With Alzheimer's Disease Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2016 Mar; 31(2):156-62. . View in PubMed

Report on milestones for care and support under the US. National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimers Dement. 2016 Mar; 12(3):334-69. . View in PubMed

Routine cognitive screening in a neurology practice: Effect on physician behavior Neurol Clin Pract. 2016 Feb; 6(1):16-21. . View in PubMed

Communication in dementia care Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2016 12; 6(6):479-490. . View in PubMed

Unrecognized Cognitive Impairment and Its Effect on Heart Failure Readmissions of Elderly Adults J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 11; 64(11):2296-2301. . View in PubMed

Associations of cognition with physical functioning and health-related quality of life among COPD patients Respir Med. 2016 05; 114:46-52. . View in PubMed

Symptom profiles and inflammatory markers in moderate to severe COPD BMC Pulm Med. 2016 12 03; 16(1):173. . View in PubMed

Toward Assessment of Dementia Caregiver Activation for Health Care: An Integrative Review of Related Constructs and Measures Res Gerontol Nurs. 2016 05 01; 9(3):145-55. . View in PubMed

Brain health: the importance of recognizing cognitive impairment: an IAGG consensus conference J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Sep 01; 16(9):731-9. . View in PubMed

Measuring caregiver activation for health care: Validation of PBH-LCI:D Geriatr Nurs. 2015 Jul-Aug; 36(4):284-92. . View in PubMed

Findings from the National Memory Screening Day program J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Feb; 63(2):309-14. . View in PubMed

Are we providing the best possible care for dementia patients? Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2015; 5(3):217-24.. View in PubMed

Prevalence and correlates of suicide ideation in patients with COPD: a mixed methods study Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2015; 10:1321-9. . View in PubMed

Cognitive and neuropsychiatric impairments in Alzheimer's disease: current treatment strategies Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Sep; 16(9):470. . View in PubMed

Dementia Services Mini-Screen: a simple method to identify patients and caregivers in need of enhanced dementia care services Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 22(8):746-55. . View in PubMed

Update in geriatric psychiatry Clin Geriatr Med. 2014 Aug; 30(3):xiii-xv. . View in PubMed

Developing dementia-capable health care systems: a 12-step program Clin Geriatr Med. 2014 Aug; 30(3):395-420. . View in PubMed

Activity of P-Glycoprotein, a ß-Amyloid Transporter at the Blood-Brain Barrier, Is Compromised in Patients with Mild Alzheimer Disease J Nucl Med. 2014 Jul; 55(7):1106-11. . View in PubMed

Am Fam Physician. 2014 Jun 01; 89(11):861-2. . View in PubMed

Quality improvement in neurology: dementia management quality measures J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Mar; 62(3):558-61. . View in PubMed

Key neuropsychiatric symptoms in common dementias: prevalence and implications for caregivers, clinicians, and health systems Res Gerontol Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 7(1):44-52. . View in PubMed

Quality improvement in neurology: dementia management quality measures (executive summary) Am J Occup Ther. 2013 Nov-Dec; 67(6):704-10. . View in PubMed

Quality improvement in neurology: dementia management quality measures Neurology. 2013 Oct 22; 81(17):1545-9. . View in PubMed

Symptom profiles in individuals aging with post-polio syndrome J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Oct; 61(10):1813-5. . View in PubMed

The association of age, pain, and fatigue with physical functioning and depressive symptoms in persons with spinal cord injury J Spinal Cord Med. 2013 Sep; 36(5):483-91. . View in PubMed

Patients with COPD with higher levels of anxiety are more physically active Chest. 2013 Jul; 144(1):145-151. . View in PubMed

JAMA Neurol. 2013 Jul; 70(7):883-90. . View in PubMed

Differences in adjustment between individuals with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD)-associated COPD and non-AATD COPD COPD. 2013 Apr; 10(2):226-34. . View in PubMed

Improving dementia care: the role of screening and detection of cognitive impairment Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Mar; 9(2):151-9. . View in PubMed

Alzheimer's Association recommendations for operationalizing the detection of cognitive impairment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit in a primary care setting Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Mar; 9(2):141-50. . View in PubMed

Effects of growth hormone–releasing hormone on cognitive function in adults with mild cognitive impairment and healthy older adults: results of a controlled trial Arch Neurol. 2012 Nov; 69(11):1420-9. . View in PubMed

Antidepressant use, depressive symptoms, and incident frailty in women aged 65 and older from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 May; 60(5):854-61. . View in PubMed

The disappearing subject: exclusion of people with cognitive impairment and dementia from geriatrics research J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Mar; 60(3):413-9. . View in PubMed

New-onset treatment-dependent diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia associated with atypical antipsychotic use in older adults without schizophrenia or bipolar disorder J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Mar; 60(3):474-9. . View in PubMed

Finding dementia in primary care: the results of a clinical demonstration project J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Feb; 60(2):210-7. . View in PubMed

Association of incident dementia with hospitalizations JAMA. 2012 Jan 11; 307(2):165-72. . View in PubMed

Consultancies: a model for interdisciplinary training and mentoring of junior faculty investigators Acad Med. 2011 Jul; 86(7):866-71. . View in PubMed

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 May; 59(5):900-8. . View in PubMed

A pilot study to assess cognition and pillbox fill accuracy by community-dwelling older adults Consult Pharm. 2011 Apr; 26(4):256-63. . View in PubMed

Screening for cognitive impairment in an elderly veteran population: acceptability and results using different versions of the Mini-Cog J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Feb; 59(2):309-13. . View in PubMed

Comorbidity in aging and dementia: scales differ, and the difference matters Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2010 Nov; 18(11):999-1006. . View in PubMed

The future of financing for long-term care: the Own Your Future campaign J Aging Soc Policy. 2010 Oct; 22(4):379-93. . View in PubMed

Posttraumatic stress disorder and dementia: a lifelong cost of war? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Sep; 58(9):1797-8.. View in PubMed

Neuroimaging in the clinical diagnosis of dementia: observations from a memory disorders clinic J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Aug; 58(8):1453-8. . View in PubMed

Cognition, aging, and disabilities: conceptual issues Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2010 May; 21(2):375-82. . View in PubMed

The relationship between anticholinergic medications and Mini-Cog scores in older adults receiving home health care Consult Pharm. 2009 Sep; 24(9):673-80. . View in PubMed

Assessment of older adults' knowledge of and preferences for medication management tools and support systems Ann Pharmacother. 2009 Jun; 43(6):1011-9. . View in PubMed

Screening for undiagnosed cognitive impairment in homebound older adults Consult Pharm. 2009 Apr; 24(4):299-305. . View in PubMed

Anxiety and depression in COPD: current understanding, unanswered questions, and research needs Chest. 2008 Oct; 134(4 Suppl):43S-56S. . View in PubMed

Time that tells: critical clock-drawing errors for dementia screening Int Psychogeriatr. 2008 Jun; 20(3):459-70. . View in PubMed

Primary care screening for dementia and mild cognitive impairment JAMA. 2008 Mar 12; 299(10):1132-3; author reply 1133-4. . View in PubMed

Modeling the impact of COPD on the brain Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2008; 3(3):429-34. . View in PubMed

The Mini-Cog: a rapid dementia screening tool suitable for pharmacists' use Consult Pharm. 2007 Oct; 22(10):855-61. . View in PubMed

Cognitive impairment, chronic disease burden, and functional disability: a population study of older Italians Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2007 Aug; 15(8):716-24. . View in PubMed

Implementing routine cognitive screening of older adults in primary care: process and impact on physician behavior J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jun; 22(6):811-7. . View in PubMed

2007 Apr; 3(2):75-80. . View in PubMed

Cooperative dementia care clinics: A new model for managing cognitively impaired patients J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006 Dec; 54(12):1937-42. . View in PubMed

Psychotherapy in long-term care: A review J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2006 Nov; 7(9):568-80. . View in PubMed

Improving identification of cognitive impairment in primary care Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2006 Apr; 21(4):349-55. . View in PubMed

Should older adults be screened for dementia? Alzheimers Dement. 2006 Apr; 2(2):76-85.. View in PubMed

Reduction of caregiver burden in Alzheimer's disease by treatment with galantamine CNS Spectr. 2005 Jun; 10(6):481-8. . View in PubMed

Simplifying detection of cognitive impairment: comparison of the Mini-Cog and Mini-Mental State Examination in a multiethnic sample J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 May; 53(5):871-4. . View in PubMed

Health care use and quality of life among patients with asthma and panic disorder J Asthma. 2005 Apr; 42(3):179-84. . View in PubMed

Combined heart rate variability and pulse oximetry biofeedback for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: preliminary findings Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2004 Jun; 29(2):121-33. . View in PubMed

Should older adults be screened for cognitive impairment? MedGenMed. 2004 Mar 11; 6(1):30.. View in PubMed

The Mini-Cog as a screen for dementia: validation in a population-based sample J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Oct; 51(10):1451-4. . View in PubMed

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance consensus statement on the unmet needs in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders in late life Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003 Jul; 60(7):664-72. . View in PubMed

Respiratory sinus arrhythmia is associated with efficiency of pulmonary gas exchange in healthy humans Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2003 May; 284(5):H1585-91. . View in PubMed

Point-of-care screening to identify cognitive impairment in older adults J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2012 Jul-Aug; 52(4):492-7. . View in PubMed

Geriatric depression and chronic medical disease: another world of hurt J Am Geriatr Soc. 2002 May; 50(5):969-70. . View in PubMed

Comparing clock tests for dementia screening: naïve judgments vs formal systems--what is optimal? Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2002 Jan; 17(1):14-21.. View in PubMed

Frequency of tau gene mutations in familial and sporadic cases of non-Alzheimer dementia Arch Neurol. 2001 Mar; 58(3):383-7. . View in PubMed

Examining the link between sarcoidosis and depression Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2001 Feb; 163(2):306-8. . View in PubMed

The Mini-Cog: receiver operating characteristics with expert and naïve raters Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2001 Feb; 16(2):216-22. . View in PubMed

Sleep disturbances in patients with Alzheimer's disease: epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment CNS Drugs. 2001; 15(10):777-96. . View in PubMed

The mini-cog: a cognitive 'vital signs' measure for dementia screening in multi-lingual elderly Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000 Nov; 15(11):1021-7. . View in PubMed

Stage-specific prevalence of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer's disease in a multi-ethnic community sample Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000; 8(2):123-33. . View in PubMed

Effectiveness of nursing home staff as managers of disruptive behavior: perceptions of nursing directors Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000; 8(3):251-3. . View in PubMed

Mental health services in long-term care: still an unmet need Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2000; 8(2):96-100. . View in PubMed

The Clock Drawing Test: utility for dementia detection in multiethnic elders J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1999 Nov; 54(11):M534-40. . View in PubMed

Thyroid hormones: positive relationships with cognition in healthy, euthyroid older men J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1999 Mar; 54(3):M111-6. . View in PubMed

CD4 and CD8 counts are associated with interactions of gender and psychosocial stress Psychosom Med. 1998 Sep-Oct; 60(5):644-53. . View in PubMed

Psychiatric consultation in the nursing homeA survey of six states. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1998; 6(4):320-7. . View in PubMed

The impact of OBRA-87 on psychotropic drug prescribing in skilled nursing facilities Psychiatr Serv. 1997 Oct; 48(10):1289-96. . View in PubMed

J Am Geriatr Soc. 1997 Oct; 45(10):1173-81. . View in PubMed

Clinical features and pharmacologic treatment of behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease Neurology. 1997 May; 48(5 Suppl 6):S17-24. . View in PubMed

Objective sleep quality of healthy older men and women is differentially disrupted by nighttime periodic blood sampling via indwelling catheter Sleep. 1996 May; 19(4):304-11. . View in PubMed

Geographically overlapping Alzheimer's disease registries: comparisons and implications J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 1995 Oct; 8(4):203-8. . View in PubMed

Differential Clinical Characteristics of Older Black and White Nursing Home Residents: A Pilot Study Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 1995 Summer; 3(3):229-238. . View in PubMed

Physical and functional health assessment in normal aging and in Alzheimer's disease: self-reports vs family reports Gerontologist. 1994 Jun; 34(3):324-30. . View in PubMed

Neurotrophins in the developing and adult primate adenohypophysis: a new pituitary hormone system? Neuroendocrinology. 1994 May; 59(5):466-76.. View in PubMed

Improvement in mood, physical symptoms, and function with nortriptyline for depression in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Psychosomatics. 1992; 33(2):190-201. . View in PubMed

Relationships between requests for psychiatric consultations and psychiatric diagnoses in long-term-care facilities Am J Psychiatry. 1991 Jul; 148(7):898-903. . View in PubMed

Neuroendocrine responses to physostigmine in Alzheimer's disease Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1989 Jun; 46(6):535-40. . View in PubMed

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Impaired sympathetic nervous system response to cognitive effort in early Alzheimer's disease J Gerontol. 1989 Jan; 44(1):M8-12. . View in PubMed

Psychiatry and the nursing home Am J Psychiatry. 1987 Nov; 144(11):1412-8. . View in PubMed

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Depression and physical illness among elderly general medical clinic patients J Affect Disord. 1986 Mar-Apr; 10(2):153-62. . View in PubMed

Antidepressant-resistant depression in the elderly J Am Geriatr Soc. 1986 Mar; 34(3):245-7. . View in PubMed

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Dr. Soo Borson is a Professor (part-time) of Clinical Family Medicine at the University of Southern California and Professor Emerita at the University of Washington, where she developed its memory disorders clinic and led the ADRC's diversity recruitment efforts. Her work focuses on strategies for improving dementia detection and care delivery, caregiver self-efficacy, and the use of health system data to improve dementia care planning. She co-leads the CDC-funded BOLD Center on Early Detection of Dementia at New York University Langone and the Southern California Dementia Care Improvement Network. At USC, she works closely with Dr. Laura Mosqueda and other faculty on dementia initiatives, grant writing, and mentorship. Her work is guided by the continuing need to translate specialized knowledge of dementia detection, diagnosis, and care into practical, clinically meaningful, and effective tools to improve systems of care. She consults widely with health care organizations working to become ‘dementia capable,’ and seeks to integrate clinical, community, and public health perspectives into a unified framework for a more dementia-friendly society.
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