Journal article

Symptomatic response to antipsychotics differs between recent onset and recurrent chronic schizophrenic patients.

C Hill, NA Keks, H Jackson, J Kulkarni, D Hannah, D Copolov, B Singh

Aust N Z J Psychiatry | Published : 1992

Abstract

The symptomatic response to standard antipsychotic treatment was assessed over the first 4 weeks of hospitalisation in 39 patients with DSM-III schizophrenia, active phase, using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS). While highly significant improvement was noted overall, 36% of patients either did not improve or worsened. Furthermore there was no diminution in the withdrawal-retardation factor of the BPRS. Patients experiencing their first admission to hospital, all with recent-onset illness, were then compared with patients who presented with a recurrence and had illness of at least 3 years duration. Despite similarities in overall response, withdrawal-retardation scores did not dimin..

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