A day treatment programme on mood disorders: One-year activity outcomes

Giovanni Camardese, Alessio Picello, Gerardo Di Carlo, Chiara Morelli, Lorenzo Mosca, Pietro Bria

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Introduction: Previous evidence has shown the efficacy of day treatment programmes and partial hospitalisation in moderate to severe mood disorders. Therefore, these treatments are considered as a valid alternative to full hospitalisation. The present study examines retrospectively the experience of our treatment programme in difficult patients with a Major Depressive Episode (MDE). Methods: The treatment programme focuses on: reducing symptoms, developing new coping skills, improving relational ability and psycho-educational rehabilitation. The programme was carried out over 12 weeks. Multidimensional assessments were made throughout the treatment using clinical interviews and psychometric tests. Outcomes were evaluated considering remission, severity of residual symptoms, social and professional functioning. During 2006, 93 depressed patients who had previously not responded to conventional monotherapy (M/F = 36/57; Mean Age: 46,87± 15,00), have been treated. Results: At the end of the programme a significant clinical improvement could be observed in most patients: 60,6% achieved full remission, while only 14,8% continued to present consistent residual symptoms. 70% of the patients took at least two drugs and also took part in a psycho-educational programme. Conclusion: Our day treatment programme is intended to implement a model for a prompt management of difficult patients with moderate to severe MDE. Our findings concur with previous evidence in showing the efficiency of such integrated treatment programmes in patients with mood disorders. In our sample, a partial response has been dependent on social isolation, chronicity of the disorder and relevance of co-morbidities.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)226-226
Numero di pagine1
RivistaEuropean Psychiatry
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2007
Evento15th AEP Congress - Association of European Psychiatrists - Madrid
Durata: 17 mar 200721 mar 2007


  • Day Hopsital
  • Depression
  • Outcome


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