What is the Orchard OCD Registry?
The Orchard OCD Registry was created to match individuals over the age of 18 with OCD (no diagnosis needed) who are interested in being involved in research studies, to researchers who require participants. We aim to collect information from individuals with OCD and use it to identify potentially suitable studies for them to participate in. The Registry is currently UK-based only, however we do have plans to expand internationally in the future.
Why is it important?
Researchers are continuously trying to find out more information and knowledge in order to support the individuals who experience OCD. Existing treatments for OCD are often ineffective, which is why we are pushing for the development of new and better treatments for this devastating condition.
Unfortunately, many research trials often don’t reach the desired number of participants and therefore the results are not completely reliable, or the trial is unable to be conducted at all. By having more people involved in research, we can increase our understanding of OCD to aid the development of new treatments.
Is the Orchard OCD Registry the same as Orchard?
No. Orchard is a registered charity that works to accelerates the development of new and better treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Orchard OCD Registry was developed as a branch from Orchard and is a collaboration between Orchard and the University of Hertfordshire. For more information about Orchard and the work they do, please see their website: https://www.orchardocd.org/ .