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Article: Natural course of schizophrenia: 2-Year follow-up study in a rural Chinese community

TitleNatural course of schizophrenia: 2-Year follow-up study in a rural Chinese community
Authors
Issue Date2001
PublisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/
Citation
British Journal Of Psychiatry, 2001, v. 178 FEB., p. 154-158 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: A number of studies have questioned whether the natural course of schizophrenia is more favourable in 'developing' than 'developed' societies and whether culture is a factor in producing a favourable course. Aims: This prospective study tests the hypothesis that the natural outcome of schizophrenia would be favourable in a Chinese rural area. Method: We investigated all patients with schizophrenia, including patients who had not received any treatment, among 149 231 rural community population in Xinjin County, Sichuan in 1994. Those patients who had never received treatment were followed up for two years. Results: Three-quarters of patients with schizophrenia who had not been treated remained symptomatic. As the duration of illness increased, the illness became more serious. The clinical outcome of the drug-treatment group was significantly better than for patients who had not received any treatment. Conclusions: The natural clinical outcome of schizophrenia in the Chinese rural community was poor, and occupational functioning of patients with schizophrenia was comparatively better. Schizophrenia itself has a specific natural course - antipsychotic drug treatment and psychosocial treatment will produce an improvement in prognosis. Declaration of interest: Funding from the China Medical Board of New York.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188441
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2015 Impact Factor: 7.06
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.674
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dc.contributor.authorRan, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorXiang, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorHuang, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorShan, Yen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-03T04:07:12Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-03T04:07:12Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal Of Psychiatry, 2001, v. 178 FEB., p. 154-158en_US
dc.identifier.issn0007-1250en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/188441-
dc.description.abstractBackground: A number of studies have questioned whether the natural course of schizophrenia is more favourable in 'developing' than 'developed' societies and whether culture is a factor in producing a favourable course. Aims: This prospective study tests the hypothesis that the natural outcome of schizophrenia would be favourable in a Chinese rural area. Method: We investigated all patients with schizophrenia, including patients who had not received any treatment, among 149 231 rural community population in Xinjin County, Sichuan in 1994. Those patients who had never received treatment were followed up for two years. Results: Three-quarters of patients with schizophrenia who had not been treated remained symptomatic. As the duration of illness increased, the illness became more serious. The clinical outcome of the drug-treatment group was significantly better than for patients who had not received any treatment. Conclusions: The natural clinical outcome of schizophrenia in the Chinese rural community was poor, and occupational functioning of patients with schizophrenia was comparatively better. Schizophrenia itself has a specific natural course - antipsychotic drug treatment and psychosocial treatment will produce an improvement in prognosis. Declaration of interest: Funding from the China Medical Board of New York.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjp.rcpsych.org/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal of Psychiatryen_US
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAgeden_US
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 And Overen_US
dc.subject.meshChinaen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshFollow-Up Studiesen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshInterpersonal Relationsen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshPrognosisen_US
dc.subject.meshProspective Studiesen_US
dc.subject.meshRecurrenceen_US
dc.subject.meshRural Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshSchizophrenia - Physiopathology - Therapyen_US
dc.subject.meshSchizophrenic Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshSex Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshSuicide - Psychologyen_US
dc.titleNatural course of schizophrenia: 2-Year follow-up study in a rural Chinese communityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1192/bjp.178.2.154en_US
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