Methods This trial aimed to recruit adolescents suffering from mild to moderate unipolar depression. A multi-faceted recruitment strategy was used. Poor enrolment during the first 13 months (Phase I) prompted a review of eligibility criteria. Revised eligibility criteria included an age expansion from previously 13-18 to 13-24 and allowance of general, non-depression specific, counselling. An observational study was conducted to assess the impact of investing trial resources into the various recruitment sources pre (Phase I = 13 month) and post (Phase II = 10 months) eligibility change.
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