Researchers in the Netherlands and the U.K. explored the relationship between symptom reduction in schizophrenia (according to Andreason’s 2005 criteria for remission) and social function in daily life. They found that of 177 patients, 70 met criteria for symptomatic remission, but that remission was not related to functional recovery. The results appeared online in the British Journal of Psychiatry June 28, 2012.
Oorschot, M., Lataster, T., et al; “Symptomatic remission in psychosis and real-life functioning,” British Journal of Psychiatry, online June 28, 2012
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
Jim van Os, along with Inez Myin-Germeys, two of the authors of the study, have a long and credible history in the research on the continuum of stress, psychosis, and schizophrenia. According to Wikipediak “In 2009, van Os proposed abolishing the diagnosis of schizophrenia due to lack of validity, and introduced a new syndromal definition, “salience syndrome”, citing previous work by other researchers that explains psychosis as aberrant salience regulation.”