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Fall, 2017 Insider Report

The Latest News: Depression Studies

A dedicated research lab has been created in the Charles E. Kubly FOCUS Center at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc, and we’ve hired a research assistant and research associate. You can get to know these new team members here.

A Learning Experience: OCD/Anxiety and Depression Studies

While at the midway or starting points of the studies, we are already gaining valuable information from the processes. One somewhat surprising discovery relates to participation rates for the community-based studies versus participation rates for the studies taking place within a residential treatment setting.

We are on pace to meet our total participation goal for the community-based study to test the CBM app as a stand-alone treatment for OCD/anxiety, and we’re getting a steady stream of inquiries in the community-based depression study. In contrast, enrollment is somewhat slower than anticipated for the residential-based treatment enhancement study with adults at Rogers Memorial Hospital’s OCD Center.

“Studies, by their very nature, are learning experiences,” says Principal Investigator Bradley Riemann, PhD. “While one might assume an ease in recruiting study participants within a residential treatment center, people who are being treated within a residential setting are most often there because they are overwhelmed by their disorders. This makes enrollment of and completion in these treatment enhancement studies a bit more challenging,” Riemann explains.

Treatment Studies: Quick Stats

  • Number One. The top recruitment tool for the OCD/anxiety community-based study is advertising on Facebook.
  • Two-Thirds. We are two-thirds of the way in completing the number of participants for the community-based OCD study.
  • 33%. We have about one-third of the total number of participants needed for the residential-based treatment enhancement OCD study.
  • 54 and 37. The respective numbers of inquiries during October for the community-based studies for OCD/anxiety and depression.
  • 15%. The average percentage of all inquiries who complete an in-person screening for studies.
  • 30%. The percentage of respondents who complete an in-person screening, but who ultimately do not meet the qualifications. This percentage is roughly equal for both OCD and depression studies.
  • One in Nine. Average conversion rate of inquiries to completed participants.
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