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Research on the Treatment of Anxiety in Adults with an Autism Diagnosis(THE STRATA STUDY)

Researchers at the University of Bristol are inviting adults who have a diagnosis of autism and experience anxiety to take part in a research study. The study is called STRATA (SerTRaline for AnxieTy in adults with a diagnosis of Autism). It has been co-produced with experienced clinicians, researchers, and autistic people to investigate the treatment of anxiety in adults with a diagnosis of autism.

You can learn more about what is involved in taking part by reading the Participant Information. Please read the information carefully and feel free to discuss it with family, friends, carers, or others if you wish.

To take part in this study you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • have a diagnosis of autism (including variations such as Asperger syndrome)
  • experience anxiety for which you are willing to try treatment with medication
  • be able to complete online or paper questionnaires about things such as your anxiety, other symptoms, and healthcare usage
  • be able to provide informed consent to take part

How long does it take?

Participants will be enrolled to the study for up to 52 weeks (1 year), during which time they will be asked to take the study medication as directed, and complete 4 questionnaires (with their time reimbursed with a £10 voucher for each). In addition, there will be 5 brief safety check appointments to discuss how participants are getting on with the medication and carefully monitor any side effects. All study appointments can be done via video or phone call, or in person appointments (any travel expenses reimbursed) can be arranged according to participant preference.

What do I do next?

If you are interested in taking part in the study, please complete the online Expression of Interest form here.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or would like further information or assistance, please contact the STRATA team by email: or phone: 0117 428 3001. Thank you.

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