A retrospective case-control study on the prescribing practices of antidepressants administered to cancer patients and non-cancer patients in Australia

Sanjida, Saira (2016) A retrospective case-control study on the prescribing practices of antidepressants administered to cancer patients and non-cancer patients in Australia. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Comorbidity of depression risks is common among cancer patients. The pharmacological treatment of depression is antidepressants. However, antidepressants may interact with anticancer drugs or cause adverse reactions. The prescription practice of antidepressants to cancer patients in Australia is not well documented. Our systematic review and meta-analysis identified that the overall prevalence rate of antidepressants was 15.6% varied widely by world-region and gender. A retrospective case-control study was undertaken to determine the recent prescription practice of antidepressants to cancer and non-cancer patients in Australia. Mirtazapine was the highly prescribed antidepressants to cases, whereas Desvenlafaxine was prescribed to controls. Considerable variation in the prescribing patterns of antidepressants was identified. Prospective studies are needed to ascertain whether patients are being treated optimally.

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ID Code: 94240
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Janda, Monika & Di Sipio, Tracey
Keywords: Antidepressants, Cancer, Prescription, Psychotropic, Non-cancer
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2016 02:30
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 02:30

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