Journal article

Clozapine Prescription and Quality of Life in Chinese Patients with Schizophrenia Treated in Primary Care

C-L Hou, M-Y Cai, X-R Ma, Y Zang, F-J Jia, Y-Q Lin, HFK Chiu, GS Ungvari, CH Ng, B-L Zhong, X-L Cao, Y Li, N Shinfuku, Y-T Xiang

Pharmacopsychiatry | GEORG THIEME VERLAG KG | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Clozapine is frequently used to treat schizophrenia in China. Maintenance treatment for clinically stable patients with schizophrenia is usually provided by Chinese primary care physicians, but no study has investigated the frequency of its use prescribed by primary care physicians. This study described the frequency, demographic and clinical characteristics of clozapine treatment and its impact on insight and quality of life (QOL) of patients with schizophrenia treated in primary care in China. METHOD: A total of 623 patients with schizophrenia treated in 22 primary care services in Guangzhou, China in 2013 formed the study sample. Patients' socio-demographic and clinical charact..

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