Introduction: Major depression is a worldwide problem and often remains undetected and untreated. Given the low rates of detection plus the need to intervene in a short time, it is important to identify factors which are likely to improve treatment outcomes. Methods: STIMA-D was designed to provide the profile of patients with major depression in Italy (focusing on pathway to care, patient characteristics, drug therapy and treatment outcomes). The patients enrolled (M/F, aged between 18 and 65) experienced single/multiple episodes of major depression (DSM-IV-TR). Patients with lifetime or current bipolar syndrome or other mental disorders were excluded. Results: 44 of the 50 invited centers sent data concerning 1 140 patients. The majority of patients were women. Among working individuals, 52.5% of them were absent from work due to depression in the previous 6 months. Recurrent episodes of major depression were very common and were associated with persistence of residual post-episodic symptoms, a family history of mood disorders and presence of anxiety. 59.6% of the patients were treated with monotherapy (SSRI or SNRI), while 19.2% of them were treated with SSRI plus SNRI. Only the 25.5% on monotherapy had a complete response compared to 12.4% of patients on dual therapy. Discussion: Poor outcomes in major depression have profound implications on patients' quality of life and cost burden. New pharmacological approaches with novel modes of action are therefore urgently needed.

Aguglia, E., Biggio, G., Signorelli, M.S., Mencacci, C., STIMA-D, I., Fagiolini, A., et al. (2014). Italian Study on Depressive Disorders (STudio Italiano MAlattia Depressiva, or STIMA-D): A Nationwide Snapshot of the Status of Treatment for Major Depression. PHARMACOPSYCHIATRY, 47(3), 105-110 [10.1055/s-0034-1375628].

Italian Study on Depressive Disorders (STudio Italiano MAlattia Depressiva, or STIMA-D): A Nationwide Snapshot of the Status of Treatment for Major Depression

Fagiolini, A.
Membro del Collaboration Group
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Goracci, A.
Membro del Collaboration Group
2014

Abstract

Introduction: Major depression is a worldwide problem and often remains undetected and untreated. Given the low rates of detection plus the need to intervene in a short time, it is important to identify factors which are likely to improve treatment outcomes. Methods: STIMA-D was designed to provide the profile of patients with major depression in Italy (focusing on pathway to care, patient characteristics, drug therapy and treatment outcomes). The patients enrolled (M/F, aged between 18 and 65) experienced single/multiple episodes of major depression (DSM-IV-TR). Patients with lifetime or current bipolar syndrome or other mental disorders were excluded. Results: 44 of the 50 invited centers sent data concerning 1 140 patients. The majority of patients were women. Among working individuals, 52.5% of them were absent from work due to depression in the previous 6 months. Recurrent episodes of major depression were very common and were associated with persistence of residual post-episodic symptoms, a family history of mood disorders and presence of anxiety. 59.6% of the patients were treated with monotherapy (SSRI or SNRI), while 19.2% of them were treated with SSRI plus SNRI. Only the 25.5% on monotherapy had a complete response compared to 12.4% of patients on dual therapy. Discussion: Poor outcomes in major depression have profound implications on patients' quality of life and cost burden. New pharmacological approaches with novel modes of action are therefore urgently needed.
Aguglia, E., Biggio, G., Signorelli, M.S., Mencacci, C., STIMA-D, I., Fagiolini, A., et al. (2014). Italian Study on Depressive Disorders (STudio Italiano MAlattia Depressiva, or STIMA-D): A Nationwide Snapshot of the Status of Treatment for Major Depression. PHARMACOPSYCHIATRY, 47(3), 105-110 [10.1055/s-0034-1375628].
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