Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Boston Clinical Trials
PTSD Study

Do you think you're suffering from PTSD?

This new clinical study may be an option for you.

Participant Requirements

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Generally healthy
  • Experienced a traumatic event within the past 10 years
  • 18 years or older at the time of the traumatic event
  • Symptoms causing significant health and relationship problems
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Study Benefits

Why participate in clinical research? Here are just some of the benefits:

Access to potentially more effective treatments before they become widely available

Study-related medications, tests, and procedures free of charge

A lot of personal attention from doctors, research coordinators, and other members of the BCT team

Compensation for participation, free transportation, meals, and childcare at the time of your visits may be available

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Personal Experiences

Participating in clinical trials at BCT is an important decision. We depend on people like you to make new medications available. Please read what other people think about their experience with BCT.

"BCT made me feel welcome. They even sent a cab for me!”

"I look forward to my visits to BCT. From doctors to receptionists, everybody is always friendly and supportive."

"My experience with BCT has been great. The coordinators REALLY listen”

About Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans, children, and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, and many other serious events. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men. 

Symptoms of PTSD usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD. The course of the illness varies. Some people recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic.

To be diagnosed with PTSD, an adult must have all of the following for at least 1 month:

  • At least one re-experiencing symptom: flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating, bad dreams, frightening thoughts.
  • At least one avoidance symptom: staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic experience, avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event.
  • At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms: being easily startled, feeling tense or “on edge”, having difficulty sleeping, feeling angry, difficulty concentrating.
  • At least two cognition and mood symptoms: trouble remembering key features of the traumatic event, negative thoughts about oneself or the world, distorted feelings like guilt or blame, loss of interest in enjoyable activities.

Participating in a clinical research study can help advance treatment for PTSD. See if you qualify today.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A clinical trial is medical research to study the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug or device. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses information gathered in clinical trials to evaluate medications before approving them for use in the United States.

  • Our professional staff consists of physicians, registered nurses, and clinical research professionals.

  • Before you are evaluated as a research participant, we will provide you with an approved Informed Consent Form (ICF) which you must read, understand, and sign before enrolling. The ICF outlines all procedures you will need to go through and all known risks and side effects of the investigational medication.  Please read it carefully and ask all questions you might have.

    Additionally, both FDA (www.fda.gov) and National Institute of Health (www.ClinicalTrials.gov ) maintain databases of clinical trials conducted in the US. All trials conducted by BCT are registered with FDA.  If you need help finding information about a trial that you’d like to learn about, please do not hesitate to ask our staff.

  • In most studies, participants receive monetary compensation for participation in the study. The amount of compensation is set by the study Sponsor (the company conducting the research on the investigational drug or device) and is approved by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). The exact amount you will receive per visit will be shown in the Informed Consent Form.  Additionally, in some studies you may be offered transportation to and from appointments, meals, and childcare at the time of your visits.

  • Before conducting a clinical trial, pharmaceutical companies must obtain approval from the FDA to ensure that the investigational medication is appropriate to give to people.

    Additionally, all study procedures are reviewed by an independent Investigational Review Board (IRB) before they are allowed to be administered. All this is done to ensure that the study is ethical and that the risks are as low as possible. However, since the study participants are among the first to try the investigational medication, the risk of unanticipated side effects does exist.  This is why the health of the people participating in the trials is continuously monitored and any serious side effects experienced by any of the people in the trial are promptly investigated.  If necessary, corrective actions, including termination of the trial, are taken.

  • Different studies have different enrollment requirements. Some studies are open only to healthy adults, other look for people with specific medical conditions, for instance, anxiety, depression, migraines, sexual dysfunction, etc. To determine whether you can enroll, we will ask several questions about your current health, your medical condition, and the medications you are taking. If you meet the study requirements, an appointment will be schedule for you to be evaluated in person.

  • Below is the typical process for a clinical trial:

    • Screening interview – Information will be taken concerning your age, medical history, medications, and other preliminary questions to make sure you meet the study requirements.
    • Informed consent – You will receive materials that fully explain the nature of the study and how you will participate. Our research staff will tell you of any known risks or potential side effects. It is very important that you ask questions and read the consent form carefully. Please ask any questions you might have to fully understand the risks and benefits of your participation.
    • Assessments and medication – Once you are enrolled in a study, you may have a study-related physical exam, receive the study medications, undergo laboratory tests, and other study procedures. During the course of the study, research team members will meet with you regularly to monitor your progress.
  • Of course. Your participation in a research study is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw from participation at anytime and for any reason. During your screening visit and throughout the study, we will fully explain the risks and benefits of your study. If you change your mind, you may withdraw.

  • You can register to be part of our volunteer database here and we will get in touch with you if you may qualify for a study.

  • Never. Any information you provide as a research participant is strictly confidential. It will not be sold and will be used only for the purposes of contacting you for relevant research studies.

  • Prior to Enrollment:

    • You have a right to be fully informed about potential benefits and risks of the trial.
    • You have a right to be fully informed about the trial plan, i.e., number and duration of the visits, study procedures, etc.
    • You have a right to voice any concerns and ask any questions you might have about any aspect of the trial.

    After Enrollment:

    • You have a right to withdraw from the trial any time.
    • You have a right to be treated with respect and attention.
    • You have a right for compensation as indicated in the ICF.