Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Social Support Is Key in Antidepressant Adherence

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Social Support Is Key in Antidepressant Adherence

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AT THE AAGP ANNUAL MEETING

LOS ANGELES -- Perceived social support plays an important role in antidepressant medication adherence among older African American adults, particularly women, according to findings from a study of more than 450 patients.

Among the patients--aged over 60 with significant depression--no significant relationship was seen between perceived social support, and 4-month medication adherence (odds ratio, 0.92), but after stratification of results by race, a significant relationship emerged between race, social support and treatment adherence, Dr. Lauren B. Gerlach reported in a poster at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Adherence rates for those with impaired social support were 40% for African American women, 78% for white women, 51% for African American men, and 74% for white men. Rates for those with adequate social support were 52%, 69%, 56%, and 72% for the groups, respectively, noted Dr. Gerlach of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

After adjustment for demographic, illness, site of care, and functional status variables, differences in adherence between African American women with impaired social support and white women and men with impaired social support remained statistically significant (odds ratios for white women and men compared with African American women, 4. …

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