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The addition of fluoxetine to cognitive behavioural therapy for youth depression (YoDA-C): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre clinical trial

Christopher G Davey, Andrew M Chanen, Sarah E Hetrick, Sue M Cotton, Aswin Ratheesh, Guenter P Amminger, John Koutsogiannis, Mark Phelan, Edward Mullen, Ben J Harrison, Simon Rice, Alexendra G Parker, Olivia M Dean, Amber Weller, Melissa Kerr, Amelia L Quinn, Lisa Catania, Nikolaos Kazantzis, Patrick D McGarry, Michael Berk



BACKGROUND: Medication is commonly used to treat youth depression, but whether medication should be added to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as first-line treatment is unclear. We aimed to examine whether combined treatment with CBT and fluoxetine was more effective than CBT and placebo in youth with moderate-to-severe major depressive disorder. METHODS: The Youth Depression Alleviation-Combined Treatment (YoDA-C) trial was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre clinical trial. Participants were aged 15-25 years with moderate-to-severe MDD and had sought care at one of four clinical centres in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) t..

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