Share your experience with major depressive disorder to improve treatments, services, and assessments.

The following announcement is from the national DBSA office.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance works to ensure that people living with mood disorders not only have a voice in public policy and in the services they receive, but also in the research process to better understand what people experiencing health problems need and want to improve their lives.

Part of the work involves ensuring that diverse individuals living with mood disorders are well-represented in research that informs policy. With similar purpose, DBSA recently agreed to collaborate with the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) and the University of Maryland Center for Patient-Driven Values in Healthcare Evaluation (PAVE) to contribute insight and foster participation in research and the development of a new value assessment model that will compare treatments and services for people diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Both of these research organizations are committed to ensuring that people experiencing a given health condition are included in their research, including the design, execution, evaluation and dissemination.

As part of this project, IVI and PAVE plan to conduct a series of one-hour interviews with individuals living with major depression, in order to better understand how they make decisions about their treatment and what they value most in their healthcare and quality of life.

Study Purpose

  • To learn what people living with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) most value when making choices about treatment to manage their depression

You can join the study if you

  • Are age 18 years or older
  • Have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Can speak and read English

If you join the study, you will be asked to

  • Complete a one-on-one phone or WebEx interview that will take about 1 hour

You will receive a $30 gift card for your time to complete the interview.    The research is voluntary and anonymous. Your personally identifying information will not be share outside of the research team.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Susan dosReis Phone: 410-706-0807 or email:

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