Journal article

Unmedicated patients with schizophrenia in economically underdeveloped areas of China

Ying Wei, Wen Li, Lan Zhang, Ju-Hong Zhu, Xiu-Jie Zhu, Xiu-Yun Ma, Qiang-Li Dong, Wen-Li Zhao, Wei-Min Pan, Xia Jiang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Yu-Tao Xiang

Asian Journal of Psychiatry | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Untreated schizophrenia commonly leads to poor prognosis. The medication treatment rate of schizophrenia patients in economically underdeveloped areas of China has not been well-studied. This study aimed to examine the pattern of unmedicated schizophrenia patients in economically underdeveloped rural and urban areas of China. METHOD: A total of 4240 schizophrenia patients in Lanzhou (1720 rural and 2520 urban patients) registered in the community mental-health service system in Lanzhou, Gansu province were included. Their socio-demographic and clinical characteristics including medication treatment status were collected and analyzed. RESULTS: The proportion of unmedicated schizop..

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