Psychoeducational group intervention in addition to antidepressant therapy as relapse preventive strategy in unipolar patients

Linda Franchini, Fanny Bongiorno, Chiara Spagnolo, Marcello Florita, Alessia Santoro, Danilo Dotoli, Barbara Barbini, Enrico Smeraldi

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Abstract

The need for additional strategies for medication adherence in unipolars, is striking. In fact, as well as bipolar forms, despite the planned long-term use of antidepressants, a variety of evidence suggests that adherence often fails within the first months of treatment after remission from a depressive episode. This requires appropriate patient education and support to develop a greater adherence to treatment. The aim of the present study was to verify the risk of relapse during a 6-months continuation period in two groups of unipolar patients participating (N=58) or not (N=41) in psychoeducational group sessions during the acute treatment of a depressive episode treated with fluvoxamine. At the end of follow-up period we observed a significantly (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-285
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Neuropsychiatry
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

Keywords

  • Psychoeducational Treatment
  • Relapse
  • Unipolar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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