Navigation Links
Response rates to antidepressants differ among English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanics
Date:11/4/2008

TORRANCE (Nov. 4, 2008) In the first-ever study of its kind, a team led by researchers at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) report in November's Psychiatric Services journal that Spanish-speaking Hispanics took longer to respond to medication for depression and were less likely to go into remission than English-speaking Hispanics.

Using data from the nation's largest real-world clinical study of depression, the researchers found the Spanish-speaking participants in the study were older and were more likely to be women than the English speakers. The Spanish speakers also had less education and lower income, more medical issues and were more likely than English speakers to be seen in primary care than psychiatric clinics.

"Once we adjusted for these differences in their socioeconomic status, both groups responded about the same to medication for depression," said Ira Lesser, M.D., a LA BioMed investigator who authored the report. "These results are important for clinicians and patients to be aware that Spanish-speaking Hispanics with depression who come from lower social economic groups may need more than medication for depression."

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the study surveyed the treatment records of 195 Spanish-speaking and English-speaking Hispanics who had sought care at the Los Angeles and San Diego sites from among the more than 4,000 patients who participated in the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study, the nation's largest real-world study of depression.

"Hispanics are the nation's largest ethnic minority and its fastest-growing population group," said Dr. Lesser. "As clinicians ourselves, we always are seeking information on the best treatments for our patients, taking into account the differences among them."

Hispanics comprise about 15% of the U.S. population, and 40% are born outside the country. In the 2000 Census, 32% of Hispanic respondents who said they spoke Spanish at home also said they spoke English "not well" or "not at all." Depression is the nation's most prevalent psychiatric disorder, with approximately 16 out of 100 Americans suffering from it at some point in their lives.


'/>"/>

Contact: Laura Mecoy
Lmecoy@issuesmanagement.com
310-546-5860
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Response Biomedical to Present at Rodman and Renshaw 10th Annual Healthcare Conference
2. Response Biomedical Closes $5.1 Million Financing
3. A useful imaging modality for monitoring treatment response to hepatocellular carcinoma
4. Response Biomedical Announces Launch of RAMP(R) Technology in 3M(TM) Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test at ICAAC/IDSA Conference
5. Response Biomedical Completes Initial Closing of an expected $5.0 Million Financing
6. Response Biomedical Announces Insider Participation in Current Financing
7. Hurricane Ike: World Vision Readies Supplies, Staff, Volunteers for Response
8. Monitoring immune responses in disease
9. Gustav: World Vision Teams Assist Evacuees in Jackson and Dallas, Prepare Response
10. Immune Response May Hinder Stem Cell Treatments
11. Study sees need for standardized evaluation of antibody response to HIV-1
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... OncLive® , a leading digital ... University of Virginia (UVA) Cancer Center to its quickly expanding ... teams will publicize and promote public awareness of UVA Cancer Center’s latest advances ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... A health conscious snack that doesn't ... Bar, has ignited an undeniable buzz in the protein product community by offering ... any doughnut.  These doughnuts are packed with 11 grams of protein and made from ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... provide strategic sales leadership and to further develop their rapidly expanding portfolio of ... Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and an M.B.A. with concentration in ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... enhance surgical safety efforts for several years, and the efforts have paid off. ... These efforts include new standards of care to enhance perioperative patient experiences and ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... Dr. LeRoy Perry’s recently authored whitepaper, “Tech Neck and ... the billions of users, hundreds of millions of whom are coming into the workplace ... frequent and common action of looking down at hand-held technology devices (tablets, smartphones) for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Cirujanos holandeses han puesto en marcha ... a compartir sus mejores prácticas por el mundo y ... de Europa, África, Asia y ... que combina la transmisión en vivo con mensajería instantánea ... Educación   "Imagine un médico de Medicines sans ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Nev. , May 24, 2016  Diana Russell ... "eats" her organs from the inside out.  This disease ... completely dependent on her children and grandchildren to leave ... her wheelchair, Diana,s family cannot haul the wheelchair.  So ... in the car, and Diana is left to wait ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016 Celsion Corporation (NASDAQ: ... company, today provided an update on its ongoing ... trial combining GEN-1, the Company,s DNA-based immunotherapy, with ... newly-diagnosed patients with advanced ovarian cancer who will ... GEN-1 is an IL-12 DNA plasmid vector formulated ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: