Intervention Research With Persons at High Risk for Suicidality: Safety and Ethical Considerations
J Clin Psychiatry 2001;62(suppl 25):17-26
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There is a critical need for studies designed to reduce suicidality. Individuals at high risk for suicidality
deserve safe and effective treatments, just as do other individuals with mental disorders who
do not experience suicidality. Points for consideration regarding safety and monitoring procedures are
offered to help researchers who conduct treatment trials with individuals who have mental disorders
and investigators specifically interested in developing treatments to reduce suicidality. Issues such as
study design, increased monitoring and supervision, research clinician competencies, and liability
concerns are addressed. Points to consider in planning an intervention trial, a checklist of informed
consent issues, and a list of relevant active federal regulations are provided.