Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective: A Report from the WHO Collaborative Project, the International Study of Schizophrenia by Kim Hopper

Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective: A Report from the WHO Collaborative…

EditorKim Hopper, Glynn Harrison, Aleksandar Janca

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In the late 1960s, the World Health Organization initiated a series of international studies of the incidence, characteristics, course, and consequences of schizophrenia. Those studies - the largest ever in the history of psychiatry - provided important data about the disorder in groups ofpatients living in different countries and cultures, and first focused attention on the differences in short-term prognosis for schizophrenia between the third world and industrialized countries. In the 1990s, the International Study of Schizophrenia (ISoS) set out to relocate those subjects and todetermine their clinical and social status some 15 to 25 years later. Recovery from Schizophrenia is a comprehensive account of what ISoS found, reporting follow-up results for over 1000 subjects examined in the earlier WHO studies (and in several local studies as well). The body of this volume consists of detailed descriptions of the long-term course and outcome ofschizophrenia, together with portraits of the field research sites in 14 countries. Introductory and synoptic chapters lay out the origin and design of the WHO studies culminating in ISoS, and synthesize the study's main findings. ISoS shows that, with appropriate treatment, schizophrenia has afavorable outcome for a substantial portion of those afflicted. The surprising finding of the short-term follow-up studies - that outcome was better in the developing than in the developed countries - is confirmed here for long-term course. Yet while prognosis continues to favor subjects indeveloping countries, the varied outcomes for those in developed nations still offers ample reason for hope. This book is the first of its kind. The massive multinational investigations upon which it is based are unique in psychiatry and cross-cultural epidemiology. Recovery from Schizophrenia will be a valuable resource for researchers, epidemiologists, policymakers, and mental health professionalsworldwide, providing evidence that supports investment in the care of persons with schizophrenia.

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Kim Hopper is at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Glynn Harrison is at the University of Bristol. Aleksandar Janca is at the University of Western Australia. Norman Sartorius is at the University of Geneva.
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Title:Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective: A Report from the WHO Collaborative…Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 7.28 × 10 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Background. Part I. 1. Twenty-five Years of WHO: Coordinated Activities Concerned with Schizophrenia2. Study MethodologyFindings. Part II. 3. An Overview of Course and Outcome of ISoS4. Predictors of Long-Term Course and Outcome for the DOSMeD Cohort5. Long-Term Diagnostic Stability in International Cohorts of Persons with Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses6. Long-Term Mortality Experience of International Cohorts of Persons with Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses7. Identifying Prognostic Factors That Predict Recovery in the Presence of Loss to Follow-UpPart III: The Centers. 3.A International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia (IPSS). 8. Agra, India9. Cali, Colombia10. Prague, Czech Republic3.B Determinants of Outcome of Severe Mental Disorder (DOSMeD). 11. Chandigarh, India12. Dublin, Ireland13. Honolulu, Hawaii14. Moscow, Russia15. Nagasaki, Japan16. Nottingham, UK17. Rochester, New York3.C Reduction and Assessment of Psychiatric Disability (RAPyD or Disability). 18. Groningen, The Netherlands19. Mannheim, Germany20. Sofia, Bulgaria3.D Retrospective Analysis (RA)/Invited Centers. 21. Beijing, China22. Hong Kong23. Chennai (Madras), IndiaConclusion. Appendices. Index.

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"This book offers a wealth of information about one of the world's most insidious illnesses and grounds for therapeutic optimism...it should help reduce the stigma of mental illness and may change forever the social perception of schizophrenia."--American Journal of Psychiatry