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ERIC Number: EJ880220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1328-4207
Duration of Untreated Psychosis Is Associated with More Negative Schizophrenia Symptoms after Acute Treatment for First-Episode Psychosis
Grano, Niklas; Lindsberg, Jenni; Karjalainen, Marjaana; Gronroos, Peter; Blomberg, Ari-Pekka
Clinical Psychologist, v14 n1 p10-13 Mar 2010
Evidence of association between duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) and negative symptoms of schizophrenia in first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients is inconsistent in the recent literature. In the present study, DUP, schizophrenia symptoms, duration of medication, and diagnosis were obtained from hospital archives in a sample of FEP patients. The sample included 41 first-episode patients who had an ICD-10 schizophrenia spectrum diagnosis (F20-F29) and were treated with antipsychotic medication. Longer duration in days from the first psychotic symptoms to the initiation of antipsychotic medication had a statistically significant positive correlation with mean level of negative symptoms (Spearman's p = 0.38; p less than 0.05). Results suggests that DUP is associated with a higher level of negative symptoms after the onset of adequate antipsychotic treatment. This should be considered in the care of FEP. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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