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Physical comorbidity, insight, quality of life and global functioning in first episode schizophrenia: A 24-month, longitudinal outcome study

Kang Sim, Yiong Huak Chan, Thiam Hee Chua, Rathi Mahendran, Siow Ann Chong, Patrick McGorry



This prospective study sought to determine the clinical impact of physical comorbidity on patients with first episode schizophrenia (FES) and we tested the hypothesis that patients with physical comorbidity were associated with poorer clinical and functional outcomes. The severity of psychopathology, insight, social/occupational functioning and quality of life were evaluated using Positive And Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), Scale to assess Unawareness of Mental Disorder, Global Assessment of Functioning Scale (GAF), and World Health Organisation Quality of Life-Bref Scale (WHOQOL-Bref) respectively at baseline and at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. Out of 142 patients, physical comorbidity was pr..

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