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Multidimensional Assessment of Functional Outcomes in Schizophrenia: Results From QUALIFY, a Head-to-Head Trial of Aripiprazole Once-Monthly and Paliperidone Palmitate.

  • Author(s): Potkin, Steven G;
  • Loze, Jean-Yves;
  • Forray, Carlos;
  • Baker, Ross A;
  • Sapin, Christophe;
  • Peters-Strickland, Timothy;
  • Beillat, Maud;
  • Nylander, Anna-Greta;
  • Hertel, Peter;
  • Nitschky Schmidt, Simon;
  • Eramo, Anna;
  • Hansen, Karina;
  • Naber, Dieter
  • et al.
Abstract

Background

QUALIFY was a 28-week, randomized, open-label, head-to-head trial that assessed improvements across multiple measures in stable patients with schizophrenia with aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg vs paliperidone palmitate.

Methods

Secondary effectiveness assessments included physician-rated readiness for work using the Work Readiness Questionnaire, the Clinical Global Impression-Severity and Clinical Global Impression-Improvement scales, and quality of life with the rater-blinded Heinrichs-Carpenter Quality of Life Scale. Patients assessed their treatment satisfaction and quality of life with Subjective Well-Being under Neuroleptic Treatment-short version and Tolerability and Quality of Life questionnaires.

Results

Odds of being ready for work at week 28 were significantly higher with aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg vs paliperidone palmitate (adjusted odds ratio, 2.67; 95% CI, 1.39-5.14; P=.003). Aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg produced numerically or significantly greater improvements from baseline vs paliperidone palmitate in all Quality of Life Scale items. With aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg vs paliperidone palmitate at week 28, there were significantly more Clinical Global Impression-Severity and Clinical Global Impression-Improvement responders (adjusted odds ratio, 2.26; P=.010, and 2.51; P=.0032) and significantly better Clinical Global Impression-Improvement scores (least squares mean treatment difference, -0.326; 95% CI, -0.60 to -0.05; P=.020). Numerically larger improvements with aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg vs paliperidone palmitate were observed for patient-rated scales Subjective Well-Being under Neuroleptic Treatment-short version and Tolerability and Quality of Life. Partial correlations were strongest among clinician-rated and among patient-rated scales but poorest between clinician and patient-rated scales.

Conclusions

Consistently greater improvements were observed with aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg vs paliperidone palmitate across all measures. Partial correlations between scales demonstrate the multidimensionality of various measures of improvement. More patients on aripiprazole once-monthly 400 mg were deemed ready to work by the study end.

Trial registry

National Institutes of Health registry, NCT01795547, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?id=NCT01795547).

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