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Q Does continuing escitalopram treatment reduce relapse rates in people with generalised social anxiety disorder?
Open label followed by randomised controlled trial.
Double blinded in randomised controlled phase.
Follow up period:
Twenty four weeks.
Seventy six centres in 11 countries (Canada, South Africa, and several countries in Europe) from January 2001 to June 2002.
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 Scale. Exclusion criteria included: another axis 1 or an axis II DSM-IV diagnosis, suicidal thoughts, known SSRI non-responders, and psychoactive drug treatment or psychotherapy within …
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