Journal article

Association between clinically depressed subgroups, type of treatment and patient retention in the LIDO study

P Bech, R Lucas, M Amir, D Bushnell, M Martin, D Buesching

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Few data are available with which to evaluate the association between depressed subgroups, type of treatment and patient retention during episodes of major depression. METHOD: This observational study followed 1117 depressed patients over a 12-month period in the primary care setting of six different international sites. The patients were divided into three severity-linked subgroups: moderate to severe depression; moderate depression co-morbid with serious medical conditions; and mild depression. RESULTS: In general, a low dropout rate was found, with significant differences in the rates across the six sites. However, while there was no statistical significance in the association..

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