Our vision is to improve evidence-based use of antidepressant medication in general practice. There is considerable concern about increasing antidepressant use, due mostly to increasing long-term use in general practice not consistent with clinical guideline recommendations. Australians are amongst the highest users in the world (around one in ten adults), despite evidence these drugs can adversely affect quality of life. Many people experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop antidepressants.

RELEASE is a multi-modal intervention comprising education, brief interventions, protocols, follow-up, and support to prompt and guide discontinuation of long-term antidepressants and prevent relapse. All prescribing decisions are made as usual by the GP and patient together.

The aim of this pilot study is to investigate whether RELEASE is feasible in the Australian general practice context; to test recruitment, retention, and data collection and management processes; and to explore the views of GPs and patients on the acceptability and utility of RELEASE.

Funding

UQ Mayne Academy of General Practice

Researchers

Associate Professor Katharine Wallis

Associate Professor Katharine Wallis

Acting Head & Associate Professor
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Dr Maria Donald

Dr Maria Donald

Deputy Director - Research
Centre for Health System Reform and Integration
Senior Research Fellow
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Dr Johanna Lynch

Dr Johanna Lynch

Senior Lecturer
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Dr David King

Dr David King

Senior Lecturer
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Dr Greg Merlo

Dr Greg Merlo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Primary Care Clinical Unit

Associate Professor Nancy Sturman

Associate Professor
Primary Care Clinical Unit
Acting Head
Mayne Academy of General Practice