Practical clinical trials, such as STAR*D (Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression), extend the traditional randomized controlled trial to real-world settings. Consumers and clinicians should be encouraged by STAR*D's 70% remission rate and should realize that for many participants remission required medication switching and augmentation. Policy makers should recognize the importance of easy access to a full range of treatments. Researchers should be sobered by the high attrition rate and the 30% of participants who did not achieve remission. Although more such practical trials are needed, future work must more meaningfully involve consumers in design, analysis, and interpretation.
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- Psychiatry and Mental health