Patients with depressive disorder have a high risk of relapse after recovery from a depressive episode. Can the relapse of depressive disorder be prevented or delayed for older adults? This paper reviews the evidence from randomised clinical trials and open label trials of the effectiveness of maintenance antidepressant therapy for older adults with depressive disorder. It also examines the evidence for the effectiveness of psychosocial and psychotherapeutic interventions. The paper concludes with recommendations for clinical practice and future research.
Review literature; Depression; Aged; Therapeutics; Primary prevention