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The University of Southampton's Professor Tony Kendrick and his research team have recently been awarded a NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research for their application: REviewing long-term anti-Depressant Use by Careful monitoring of Everyday practice (REDUCE).

The proposal was informed by data collected as part of SPCR grant which investigated how GP management of depression has changed since 2006, exploring the effects of the economic recession, NICE guidelines, and the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). This is an excellent example, one of many others, where SPCR funds have leveraged further funding for larger studies.

The new REDUCE programme aims to identify safe, reliable and value for money ways of helping patients withdraw from long-term antidepressants, where this is appropriate. In addition to GP, nurse and mental health worker support, individually tailored support through the Internet will be provided for patients, available around the clock, together with ‘buddying’ support from people who have previously come off antidepressants. 

Read the press release from the University of Southampton.

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