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Type: Journal article
Title: Medical Comorbidity Affects Antidepressant Treatment Response in Patients with Melancholic Depression
Author: Pohle, K.
Domschke, K.
Roehrs, T.
Arolt, V.
Baune, B.
Citation: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 2009; 78(6):359-363
Publisher: Karger
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0033-3190
1423-0348
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K. Pohle, K. Domschke, T. Roehrs, V. Arolt, B.T. Baune
Abstract: BACKGROUND: This study aimed at the impact of medical comorbidity (MC) on response to antidepressant treatment over 6 weeks in diagnostic subtypes of patients with major depressive episode (MDE). METHODS: In a clinical sample of 241 admitted patients with MDE, MC was assessed by medical specialists and weekly response to antidepressant treatment was assessed with the Hamilton Depression Scale (HAM-D 21). RESULTS: Over 6 weeks of treatment, patients with melancholic depression and MC had poorer treatment response on the HAM-D scale and a worse functional outcome (GAF) as opposed to their counterparts without MC, which was first detected after 4 weeks of treatment (p = 0.02). More specifically, subjects with melancholic depression and cardiovascular or endocrinological MC showed significantly poorer treatment response over 6 weeks. Interestingly, these effects were not related to various antidepressant treatment regimens. CONCLUSIONS: MC has a negative impact on treatment response in patients with melancholic depression.
Keywords: Medical comorbidity; Subtypes of depression; Treatment response
Rights: © 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel
RMID: 0020111521
DOI: 10.1159/000235975
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