Study to Evaluate Potential Predictors of Relapse in Participants With Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)


The purpose of this study is to identify if there are self-reported or objective measures related to mood parameters that can predict near-term relapse (within 1 month or at another identified time point before meeting the criteria for relapse) or early symptomatic changes indicative of relapse prodrome in major depressive disorder (MDD).

Full Title of Study: “A Prospective, Longitudinal, Observational Study to Evaluate Potential Predictors of Relapse in Subjects With Major Depressive Disorder Who Have Responded to Antidepressant Treatment”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: May 1, 2018

Detailed Description

This is a prospective, multicenter, longitudinal, single-cohort, observational study in participants with MDD who have responded to, and are continuing to respond to and receive, an oral antidepressant treatment regimen. The study will consist of 2 parts: a screening phase of up to 2 weeks, and an observational phase of variable duration.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Participants With Major Depressive Disorder
    • Participants with major depressive disorder who have responded to oral antidepressant treatment will be observed over time.

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Number of Participants With Near Term Relapse
    • Time Frame: Baseline up to end of study (8 Weeks)
    • Relapse will be defined as any of the following: a) MADRS total score greater than or equal to 22 on at least two consecutive visits, with an interval of 1-2 weeks; b) Hospitalization for worsening of depression; c) Suicidal ideation with intent, or suicidal behavior and d) Other (investigator will be asked to describe). MADRS total score ranges from 0 to 60, Higher scores represents a more severe condition.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Participants must have met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th edition (DSM-V) criteria for diagnosis of nonpsychotic MDD within the past 2 years (that is, the start of the most recent major depressive episode (MDE) must be less than or equal to 24 Months before screening), as confirmed using the MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI – DSM-V). MDD must be recurrent, rather than a single episode
  • During the most recent MDE, participant must have responded to, and must be continuing to receive and respond to, an oral antidepressant treatment regimen (given at an adequate dosage and duration based on the Massachusetts General Hospital Antidepressant Treatment Response Questionnaire), within the past 3 months. A change in the oral antidepressant treatment regimen since the time of achieving response in the most recent episode will be allowed
  • Participants must have a Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale total score less than or equal to 14
  • Participant must be willing and able to complete self-reported assessments via a study-specific smartphone, and must be willing to wear an wrist actigraphy device for the duration of the study

Exclusion Criteria

  • Participant has any of the following DSM-V psychiatric diagnoses: MDD with psychotic features (lifetime), bipolar disorder (including lifetime diagnosis), schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder
  • Participant has a history of drug or alcohol use, with a severity of at least moderate or severe, according to DSM-V criteria, within 6 months before screening
  • Participant is currently receiving or has received vagal nerve stimulation (VNS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the most recent MDE
  • Participant is currently receiving stimulants, anticonvulsants, or mood stabilizers for treatment of his or her MDD
  • Participant is a woman who is pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, while enrolled in this study

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 64 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Janssen Research & Development, LLC
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Janssen Research & Development, LLC Clinical Trials, Study Director, Janssen Research & Development, LLC

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