Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell

Studies for Frailty

Antidepressant Response in the Treatment of Depressive Symptoms and Frailty Characteristics in Older Adults

The goal of this open-administration treatment study of escitalopram (or duloxetine) is to evaluate the effect of antidepressant medication on treating the syndrome of “frailty” in older adults with depressive symptoms. Patients with significant depressive symptoms and 1 or more symptoms of the frailty syndrome (exhaustion, decreased energy, weight loss, decreased grip strength, and slow/unsteady gait) will be evaluated and treated with approved antidepressant medication for 8 weeks to test whether antidepressant medication improves both the syndrome of frailty and depressive symptoms. Patients will be assessed on the primary outcome variables (characteristics of frailty, depressive symptoms) as well as on secondary variables which include cognition (global cognition, episodic memory, executive function), and function (physical mobility, instrumental activities of daily living, and social functioning) prior to treatment initiation and following 8-weeks of treatment.

Study Activities

  • Filling Out Forms
  • Blood Samples


  • Ages Eligible for Study: +60 Years - 95 Years
  • Genders Eligible for Study: Both
  • This study is not recruiting Healthy Volunteers.

For more information, please call Emily Pott at 646-774-8652.


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