Monitoring and Responding to Signals of Suicidal Ideation in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Lessons from the GRACE Trial for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease Pain
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a hemoglobin disorder and the most common genetic disorder that affects 100,000 Americans and millions worldwide. Adults living with SCD have pain so severe that it often requires opioids to keep it in control. Depression is a major global public health concern associated with an increased risk in chronic medical disorders, including in adults living with sickle cell disease (SCD). A strong relationship exists between suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and depression. Researchers enrolling adults living with SCD in pragmatic clinical trials are obligated to design their methods to deliberately monitor and respond to symptoms related to depression and suicidal ideation. This will offer increased protection for their participants and help clinical in-vestigators meet their fiduciary duties. This article presents a review of this sociotechnical milieu that highlights, analyzes, and offers recommendations to address ethical considerations in the development of protocols, procedures, and monitoring activities related to suicidality in depressed patients in a pragmatic clinical trial.supplied
CitationSwirsky, E., Boyd, A., Gu, C., deMartelly, V., Doorenbos, A., Ezenwa, M., Knisely, M., Burke, L., Leigh, J., Mandernach, M., Molokie, R., Patil, C., Steffen, A., Shah, N.Schlaeger, J. (2023). Monitoring and Responding to Signals of Suicidal Ideation in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: Lessons from the GRACE Trial for Chronic Sickle Cell Disease Pain. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications.