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Schizophr Res. 2011 Jul;129(2-3):133-6. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2011.04.001. Epub 2011 Apr 22.

Symptomatic remission in schizophrenia patients: relationship with social functioning, quality of life, and neurocognitive performance.

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  • 1Lisbon's Psychiatric Hospitalar Centre, Lisbon, Portugal. sofiabrissos@netcabo.pt

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate whether symptomatic remission relates to better outcomes in schizophrenia.

METHODS:

Seventy-six schizophrenia patients were assessed using measures of cross-sectional symptomatic remission, social functioning, subjective quality of life (QoL), and cognition.

RESULTS:

Most patients (53; 69.7%) were not in remission. Remitted patients presented significantly better social functioning, better self-reported QoL, insight, and lower levels of depressive symptoms. They also showed a non-significant trend for better executive function, processing speed and verbal memory.

CONCLUSIONS:

Symptomatic remission may be a good indicator of better clinical status, social functioning and QoL, but not so much for cognitive functioning.

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