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Continued escitalopram reduces risk of relapse in people with generalised social anxiety disorder

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Q Does continuing escitalopram treatment reduce relapse rates in people with generalised social anxiety disorder?

METHODS

Embedded ImageDesign:

Open label followed by randomised controlled trial.

Embedded ImageAllocation:

Concealed.

Embedded ImageBlinding:

Double blinded in randomised controlled phase.

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Twenty four weeks.

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Seventy six centres in 11 countries (Canada, South Africa, and several countries in Europe) from January 2001 to June 2002.

Embedded ImagePatients:

517 people with generalised social anxiety disorder (DSM-IV) aged 18–80 years entered into the open label phase. Inclusion criteria included: a score greater than 70 on the Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS), fear and/or avoidance behaviours in at least four social situations and a score greater than five on at least 1 of the subscales of the Sheehan Disability …

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