1 Aalborg University Hospital, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN2 Psykiatrien, The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN3 The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, VBN4 Psychiatric Clinic, Malmo University Hospital, Malmo, Sweden.
a double-blind randomized 12-week study of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia
OBJECTIVE: To assess the cognitive effects of sertindole and olanzapine in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Cognition was the primary outcome of the study. METHOD: This was a 12-week double-blinded randomized clinical controlled trial. Participants were randomized to either 16-24 mg of sertindole or 10-20 mg of olanzapine. RESULTS: The study had a low recruitment rate (N = 9) and was terminated before the expected number of patients was reached. No significant differences between groups were found at study end on any of the 32 cognitive subtests. A simple sign test did not show any of the comparator drugs trending towards being superior on the majority of tests. Mean change on Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) total and PANSS subscales from baseline to end of study were not significantly different between treatment groups. Similar results on cognition and PANSS was seen on completers and last observation carried forward analysis. CONCLUSION: In this study we did not find any significant differences between sertindole or olanzapine on PANSS subscales or neurocognitive tests in a population consisting of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, 2014, Vol 4, Issue 1, p. 4-14