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Interview with Prof. Michael Davidson on Long-term Outcomes, ECNP 2014, Berlin

Prof. Michael Davidson raises the need for more longitudinal studies, and better definitions for long-term outcome measures. How do you measure outcome in schizophrenia? Some studies use a definition of good outcome as a lack of active, negative symptoms. However, the World Health Organization defines health as not only a lack of disease, but the ability to lead a fruitful and happy life. Prof. Davidson cites these differences in definition as a reason for huge differences in study outcomes. The detrimental effects of schizophrenia can be experienced for a long time after the negative symptoms have ceased and better rehabilitation programmes are needed, as Prof. Davidson suggests in his own research on the long-term employment status of schizophrenia and bipolar sufferers in Israel.

Suggested further reading:

Negative symptoms and functioning during the first year after a recent onset of schizophrenia and 8 years later
Joseph Ventura , Kenneth L. Subotnik , Michael J. Gitlin , Denise Gretchen-Doorly  , Arielle Ered  , Kathleen F. Villa  , Gerhard S. Hellemann  and Keith H. Nuechterlein
Schizophrenia Research

Clinical and cognitive predictors of vocational outcome in first-episode schizophrenia: A prospective 3 year follow-up study
Wing Chung Chang , Jennifer Yee Man Tang , Christy Lai Ming Hui , Sherry Kit Wa Chan , Edwin Ho Ming Lee and Eric Yu Hai Chen
Psychiatry Research

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