Journal article

Patient Expectations and Experiences of Antidepressant Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder: A Qualitative Study

Bernhard T Baune, Ioana Florea, Bjarke Ebert, Maelys Touya, Anders Ettrup, Monica Hadi, Hongye Ren

NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISEASE AND TREATMENT | DOVE MEDICAL PRESS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Purpose: This qualitative study explored patient perceptions of the most burdensome symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD), the impact of symptoms on patients' daily lives, and patient expectations and experiences regarding the timing of onset of antidepressant pharmacotherapy. Patients and Methods: Data were collected through facilitated, patient focus-group sessions in the USA between May and June 2019. Participants were adults with confirmed MDD who reported a major depressive episode within the past 2 years, for which they had received pharmacologic treatment for ≥6 weeks. The semi-structured discussion focused on the key topics of bothersome symptoms of MDD, the impact of symptoms ..

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The authors would like to express their thanks to the focus-group participants for sharing their experiences of MDD and to Sonal Mansukhani of Evidera for her contribution to the design and conduct of the study. The study was conducted by Evidera, funded by H. Lundbeck A/S. Editorial assistance was provided by Jennifer Coward and Julie Ponting of Anthemis Consulting, funded by H. Lundbeck A/S.