Schizophrenia: a review of current research and thinking

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Abstract

Summary

Schizophrenia is the major mental illness of our time and causes serious disturbances for those with the condition as well as using up significant proportions of scarce health resources.

This paper reviews the recent literature on advances in classification, aetiology, epidemiology and treatments.

Methodological problems encountered in researching this condition are discussed.

Advances in treatments offered for this condition have improved outcomes but whether the patient receives these treatments may depend on what local services are prepared to offer.

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