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Pitt+Me Decision Processes of Late-Life Suicide


STUDY BASICS

Are you between the ages of 55-80 and experiencing symptoms of depression? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help understand why some people become depressed and have thoughts of hurting themselves, while others do not. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), older age is associated with an increased risk of suicide. The purpose of this research study is to help researchers understand why some people with depression want to end their lives, and others do not. Additionally, researchers are interested in understanding how long-term and short-term changes in emotions affect decision-making.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • Ages 55-80
  • Experiencing depression
  • No history of stroke
  • No history of major neurological disorder
  • No diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
This study involves 2-3 interview sessions that will take place at Bellefield Towers in Oakland, or in your home. Each session will last approximately 2-3 hours. These sessions can take place on different days. As part of the study, you will be asked to provide an extensive psychiatric history, answer questions about your mood, and play games to examine your problem-solving and decision-making style. Researchers will interview you again 3 months later, and then once annually for up to 4 years over the phone or in-person. This is not a treatment study, and the study does not provide medication or therapy. This study will perform memory testing at no cost.
IRB:
  IRB0407166A - DECISION PROCESSES OF LATE-LIFE SUICIDE

Age Range
AGE:   55 - 80

Duration VISITS:  2-3 visits, with annual follow-ups

Location LOCATION: 
Bellefield Towers (Oakland) or at your home
Compensation COMPENSATION: 

Up to $150

Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Katalin Szanto

Katalin Szanto, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has extensive experience treating suicidal patients and their families and in her current clinical practice treats veterans with PTSD and other mental disorders in a primary care setting. Her research experience includes conducting a psychological autopsy study, a suicide prevention program in primary care, extensive experience in interviewing practitioners who have lost patients by suicide, and conducting a long-term follow-up study on risk and protective factors for late-life suicide.




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