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Ten-year course of schizophrenia--the Madras longitudinal study.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica
Publication Date
Volume
90
Issue
5
Pages
329–336
Identifiers
PMID: 7872036
Source
Medline

Abstract

Ninety first-episode patients fulfilling ICD-9 criteria for schizophrenia were followed up prospectively for 10 years. Complete assessments were possible on 76. The pattern of illness was good in 67% of the cases, and the commonest patterns was one with recurrent episodes. Predictors of poor course and longer time spent in psychosis were identified. All positive and negative symptoms showed a steep decline at the end of 10 years. The results are discussed in the context of longitudinal research on the course of schizophrenia in developing countries.

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