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Title: Four potential criteria for deciding when to use antidepressants or psychotherapy for unipolar depression: A literature review
Contributor(s): Sharpley, Chris  (author)orcid ; Bitsika, Vicki  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.3109/13651501.2010.527008
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Abstract: Objective: To evaluate the literature supporting four potential criteria for deciding whether to use psychotherapy or pharmacology when treating depression. Method: Literature review of the evidence from the last 10 years on presenting patient's demographics, aetiology, comorbidity, and genetic factors, as predictors of treatment outcome efficacy. Results: Demographic information has little support as a potential criteria for decision-making; aetiology (melancholic vs. non-melancholic) has significant support; presence of personality disorder comorbidity is unproven as a criterion but may have some value; genetic predisposition has the strongest evidence supporting it as a criteria for treatment decision-making. Conclusion: Although some presenting cases will be easier to classify than others, there are substantial data supporting the screening of patients according to three of these criteria.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 15(1), p. 2-11
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1471-1788
Field of Research (FOR): 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920111 Nervous System and Disorders
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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