Interpreting the STAR*D Trial
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 4, Number 5, May 2006
John Rush, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Principal Investigator and Study Director, STAR*D Trial
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Dr. Rush, thanks for agreeing to help us understand the STAR*D trial. You were the overall principal investigator of what I believe was the largest study in history comparing different antidepressants. Looking at the first set of results, are you encouraged by the findings?