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Therapy for Depressed Elders With Thought Problems

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00052091
First Posted: January 23, 2003
Last Update Posted: September 23, 2013
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Collaborator:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, San Francisco
  Purpose
This study will compare the effectiveness of Problem Solving Therapy and Brief Supportive Therapy in treating elderly patients with major depression and thought problems.

Condition Intervention Phase
Depression Cognition Disorders Behavioral: Problem Solving Therapy Behavioral: Brief Supportive Therapy Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: PST in Geriatric Depression With Executive Dysfunction

Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression [ Time Frame: Measured at screening, weeks 1 through 12, and week 36 ]

Enrollment: 221
Study Start Date: September 2002
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Problem Solving Therapy
12 weekly sessions of problem solving therapy (PST)
Behavioral: Problem Solving Therapy
A 12 week cognitive behavioral intervention for depression that teaches patients a structured approach to solving social problems.
Experimental: 2 Brief Supportive Therapy
12 weekly sessions of brief supportive therapy (BST)
Behavioral: Brief Supportive Therapy
A 12 week intervention for depression that focuses on supporting patients attempts to cope with depression.

Detailed Description:

Patients who suffer from a combination of major depression and executive dysfunction symptoms often respond poorly to treatment with antidepressants. It is important, therefore, to find effective alternative therapies to treat these symptoms.

Patients are randomly assigned to receive 12 sessions (1 session/week for 12 weeks) of either PST or BST. Following treatment, patients are followed for 6 months to determine functional and clinical outcomes. Depression scales, disability scales, and scales that measure problem solving skills are used to assess patients.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nonpsychotic, unipolar major depression
  • Cognitive impairment
  • English speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • High suicide risk
  • Dementia
  • Acute or severe medical illness
  • Current psychotherapy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00052091


Locations
United States, California
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
United States, New York
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
White Plains, New York, United States, 10605
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia A. Arean, PhD University of California at San Francisco
  More Information

Publications:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00052091     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH063982 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
DATR A4-GPS
First Submitted: January 22, 2003
First Posted: January 23, 2003
Last Update Posted: September 23, 2013
Last Verified: September 2013

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
Geriatrics

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depression
Depressive Disorder
Cognition Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders
Neurocognitive Disorders