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Re: joining research studies, any opinions?

Posted by Adam on December 6, 1999, at 15:46:15

In reply to joining research studies, any opinions?, posted by CarolAnn on December 6, 1999, at 14:54:55

I've participated in a number of research studies. In some I was a "normal", and was essentially selling my
body to science (not a bad way to get some extra money!). But I have also been in two studies where I was
seeking novel treatments for depression or OCD. Both have been extremely positive experiences.

For the OCD study, I was on my own. For the depression/drug study, I should have spoken to my doctors about
it, but I didn't. I tapered off my old medication and informed them after the fact. This actually caused a
bit of friction and misunderstanding, and led to a couple irate phone calls, where doctors/therapists were
upset about not being properly informed and so on. I had to smooth some ruffles by putting the responsibility
squarely on my shoulders.

I think studies can be a great thing, but you are making a very good decision speaking to your doctor about
it. I don't know why I didn't. There can be risks, of course. Be sure you read all the fine print. You
do put yourself in a somewhat unique position when you participate in a study, and some people aren't
comfortable with the legal aspects.

I honestly felt, in both cases, like I didn't have much to lose by trying. I think I was right.

> Just found out there is a Clinical Research facility here in Orlando that is currently screening for participants, in various Antidepressant trials. I'm thinking about trying to get in one of the studies(particularly one on patients who have not responded to any past medications). I see my Pdoc tomorrow and am going to mention it to him, but I would very much appreciate all opinions or advise any of you has to offer. Thanx!CarolAnn




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