Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark find from a 10-year follow-up of participants in a randomized controlled study of brief antipsychotic medication (the OPUS trial) that “Negative symptoms could play a central role in long-term outcomes within first episode psychosis… Current interventions for these symptoms appear to [be] relatively ineffective and future research should focus on the systematic measurement and treatment of negative psychopathology as a potential way to promote recovery.” Results appeared online in Schizophrenia Research.
Austin, S., Mors, O., Secher, R., Hjorthø, C., et al; Predictors of recovery in first episode psychosis: The OPUS cohort at 10year follow-up. Schizophrenia Research. Online August 12, 2013. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2013.07.031
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