Recovery from Schizophrenia

Recovery from Schizophrenia : An international perspective - A report from the WHO Collaborative Project, The International Study of Schizophrenia

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This book is a report of the findings of the International Study of Schizophrenia (ISoS), Focusing on variations in the course and outcome of schizophrenic disorders, the investigation covers 14 countries in both the developed and developing world. The bulk of the volume consists of portraits of individual field research centres in each country and reports on the outcomes of these centres' schizophrenic patients. The "portrait chapters" are flanked by introductory and synoptic chapters laying out both the genealogy and design of ISoS and synthesising its major findings. Of these, the most significant conclusions: that while recovery from schizophrenia is a struggle for many patients, it is possible to achieve in terms of improved daily function and quality of life and that, with appropriate and sustained treatment, schizophrenia is largely an episodic disorder that has a favourable outcome for a significant portion of those afflicted with it. The book also includes extensive tables that present the research data, permitting further independent analysis. Recovery from Schizophrenia is unique - there is virtually nothing like it in the contemporary field of cross-cultural psychiatric epidemiology, and the massive, multinational investigations upon which it is based are not likely to be replicated any time soon in the area of mental illness. As such, this book will be a unique resource for mental health professionals, practitioners, and researchers worldwide, providing an empirically based reason for hope in the long run for persons living with more

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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 174 x 258 x 28mm | 920.79g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 3 line drawings, numerous tables
  • 0195313674
  • 9780195313673

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This is a comprehensive account of the 1990s-initiated International Study of Schizophrenia which was conducted in 14 countries and involved the detailed descriptions of over 1,000 subjects on their long-term course and outcome. * Doody's Notes * This book offers a wealth of information about one of the world's most insiduous illnesses and grounds for therapeutic optimism. s ...[this book] represents an important 'narrative of hope' that adds to the emerging sense of optimism and the improved understanding of one of our most challenging and complex mental illnesses. * Mental Health Today *show more

Table of contents

PART I. BACKGROUND ; 1. Twenty-five Years of WHO: Coordinated Activities Concerned with Schizophrenia ; 2. Study Methodology ; PART II. FINDINGS ; 3. An Overview of Course and Outcome in ISoS ; 4. Predictors of Long-Term Course and Outcome for the DOSMeD Cohort ; 5. Long-Term Diagnostic Stability in International Cohorts of Persons with Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses ; 6. Long-Term Mortality Experience of International Cohorts of Persons with Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses ; 7. Identifying Prognostic Factors That Predict Recovery in the Prescence of Loss to Follow-Up ; PART III. THE CENTERS ; SECTION III.B INTERNATIONAL PILOT STUDY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA (IPSS) ; 8. IPSS: Agra, India ; 9. IPSS: Cali, Columbia ; 10. IPSS: Prague, Czech Republic ; SECTION III.B DETERMINANTS OF OUTCOME OF SEVERE MENTAL DISORDER (DISMED) ; 11. Chandigarh, India ; 12. Dublin, Ireland ; 13. Honolulu, Hawai'i ; 14. Moscow, Russia ; 15. Nagasaki, Japan ; 16. Nottingham, UK ; 17. Rochester, New York ; SECTION III.C REDUCTION AND ASSESSMENT OF PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITY (RAPYD OR DISABILITY) ; 18. Groningen, Netherlands ; 19. Mannheim, Germany ; 20. Sofia, Bulgaria ; SECTION III.D RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS (RA)/INVITED CENTERS ; 21. Beijing, China ; 22. Hong Kong ; 23. Chennai (Madras), India ; Conclusionshow more