WHO RECEIVES ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND WHAT IMPACT DO THEY HAVE? AN ACUTE-CARE STUDY

WHO RECEIVES ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND WHAT IMPACT DO THEY HAVE? AN ACUTE-CARE STUDY The purpose of this study was to examine characteristics associated with prescribing antidepressants in major depression and the utility of such antidepressants in an acute-care, inpatient setting. Demographic and clinical (self-report and clinician-rated scales) were obtained for 111 inpatients diagnosed with major depression. Three comparison sets were made: (1) all patients prescribed antidepressants versus those who were not; (2) those in the top quartile for length of stay (LOS) versus those in the bottom quartile; and (3) patients discharged in less than one week who were prescribed versus not prescribed, antidepressants. Overall, minimal differences were found in the three comparison sets. Those prescribed antidepressants had higher admission BDI scores, longer LOS, more previous episodes, higher education levels, and were more likely to be admitted voluntarily. At admission, there were no clear predictors of LOS. Regardless of differences between groups at admission or discharge (antidepressant versus no antidepressant, short versus long LOS), no differences were found in the length of time before patients were readmitted. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

WHO RECEIVES ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND WHAT IMPACT DO THEY HAVE? AN ACUTE-CARE STUDY

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2006 by Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-006-9003-1
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine characteristics associated with prescribing antidepressants in major depression and the utility of such antidepressants in an acute-care, inpatient setting. Demographic and clinical (self-report and clinician-rated scales) were obtained for 111 inpatients diagnosed with major depression. Three comparison sets were made: (1) all patients prescribed antidepressants versus those who were not; (2) those in the top quartile for length of stay (LOS) versus those in the bottom quartile; and (3) patients discharged in less than one week who were prescribed versus not prescribed, antidepressants. Overall, minimal differences were found in the three comparison sets. Those prescribed antidepressants had higher admission BDI scores, longer LOS, more previous episodes, higher education levels, and were more likely to be admitted voluntarily. At admission, there were no clear predictors of LOS. Regardless of differences between groups at admission or discharge (antidepressant versus no antidepressant, short versus long LOS), no differences were found in the length of time before patients were readmitted.

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Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 9, 2006

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