Haynes, T.; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Relapse or Reintegration: A Ten-Year Outcome Study of Schizophrenia in Jamaica [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: The prospective comparison of a cohort of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia ten years from initial contact with the mental healthcare system in Jamaica. Method: In a ten-year follow-up study, a cohort of 317 patients identified in 1992 with a CATEGO ± diagnosis of schezophrenia aged 15 to 55 years was traced and those found were reassessed. The main outcome measures collected from case notes and patient interviews included clinical status and medication usage at contact with clinical service, employment status, outpatient clinic compliance, relapse rate. The Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and the Present Status Examination were used to rate the presence and severity of psychotic symptoms.....