Psychosocial outcomes in patients with recurrent major depressive disorder during 2 years of maintenance treatment with venlafaxine extended release
Department of Psychiatry
Adult; Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation; effects; Cyclohexanols; Delayed-Action Preparations; Depressive Disorder, Major; Female; Humans; Long-Term Care; Longitudinal Studies; Male; Middle Aged; Quality of Life; Questionnaires; Recurrence; *Social Adjustment
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial outcomes from the Prevention of Recurrent Episodes of Depression with Venlafaxine ER for Two Years (PREVENT) study were evaluated.
METHODS: Adult outpatients with recurrent major depressive disorder (MDD) and response or remission following 6-month continuation treatment with venlafaxine extended release (ER) were randomized to receive venlafaxine ER or placebo for 1 year. Patients without recurrence on venlafaxine ER during year 1 were randomized to venlafaxine ER or placebo for year 2. Psychosocial functioning was assessed using the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire-Short Form (Q-LES-Q), Life Enjoyment Scale-Short Version (LES-S), Social Adjustment Scale-Self-Report (SAS-SR) total and individual factors, Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) (vitality, social functioning, and role function-emotional items), and Longitudinal Interval Follow-up Evaluation (LIFE).
RESULTS: At year 1 end, better overall psychosocial functioning was seen among patients randomly assigned to venlafaxine ER (n=129) vs placebo (n=129), with significant differences at end point on SF-36 role function-emotional, Q-LES-Q, and SAS-SR total, and work, house work, social/leisure, and extended-family factor scores (p
LIMITATIONS: Patients with chronic MDD or treatment resistance were excluded and long-term specialist care was a financial incentive for treatment compliance. Discontinuation-related adverse events may have compromised the integrity of the treatment blind.
CONCLUSIONS: For patients with recurrent MDD, 2 years' maintenance therapy with venlafaxine ER may improve psychosocial functioning vs placebo.
DOI of Published Version
J Affect Disord. 2010 Nov;126(3):420-9. Epub 2010 May 26. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of affective disorders
Trivedi MH, Dunner DL, Kornstein SG, Thase ME, Zajecka JM, Rothschild AJ, Friedman ES, Shelton RC, Keller MB, Kocsis JH, Gelenberg AJ. (2010). Psychosocial outcomes in patients with recurrent major depressive disorder during 2 years of maintenance treatment with venlafaxine extended release. Psychiatry Publications. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2010.04.011. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/psych_pp/445