Pitt study seeks people needing better depression treatment




Older adults whose medications aren’t working well in battling depression have a chance to participate in a new national study designed to find more effective treatment for them.

University of Pittsburgh researchers are helping lead a five-year, five-site study called OPTIMUM, which will examine different antidepressant medications that might help those suffering from the disease. Older adults tend to respond differently to medications than do younger people and have a tougher time getting help from them, the researchers say.

Participants in the study will either be switched to a new drug or have a drug added to their existing medication regimen. Some 300 participants ages 60 and older are being sought to participate in the Pittsburgh area. The research team involved plans to collaborate with each patient’s primary care physician or psychiatrist and monitor the patient’s progress through regular telephone calls or site visits.

For more information about participating, call 412-586-9851, visit www.optimumstudy.org or email the local lead researcher, Pitt associate professor Dr. Jordan F. Karp, at karpjf@upmc.edu.





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