Recovery from the Schizophrenias: Still Better in Poorer Countries, and No Better Than It Used to Be

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Finnish and Australian researchers reviewed 50 studies with relevant data on people with diagnoses of schizophrenia and related psychoses who had met criteria for both clinical and social recovery for at least two years.  They found a higher proportion of recovery from sites in countries with poorer economic status, and that despite major changes in treatment options in recent decades, the proportion of recovered cases has not increased.

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Jääskeläinen, E., Juola1, P., Hirvonen, N., et al; A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Recovery in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. Online November 20, 2012

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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