When thinking of the term “health,” we associate it with physical attributes; however mental health is equally as important and needs to be talked about. So let’s talk about patients with depression – the theme of World Health Day on April 7, 2017.
Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, and more. As researchers, we should be shaping patient recruitment to be more patient-centric and to increase awareness about clinical trials. By eliminating many of the hurdles faced by minorities or other demographics, we can help those affected by depression and any other mental disorders find help.
General ways to spread awareness about all clinical trials include:
- Sharing stories of those who have previously participated in a study
- Publishing results from studies and making them available to participants
- Finding more convenient methods to keep a patient informed about upcoming and current studies, either by mobile app or interactive workshops
- Coordinating travel arrangements for patients who might have to travel far for a study
Starting in October, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a year-long campaign to inform, prevent, and provide support for those with depression, Depression: Let’s Talk. The goal is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help. If you would like to get involved in the campaign, please visit WHO for more information.
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