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Eur Psychiatry. 2015 Sep;30(6):728-35. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.05.004. Epub 2015 Jun 10.

A National network of schizophrenia expert centres: An innovative tool to bridge the research-practice gap.

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1
Inserm, U955, psychopathologie et génétique des maladies psychiatriques, 94000 Créteil, France; Faculté de médecine, université Paris-Est, 94000 Créteil, France; DHU PePSY, pôle de psychiatrie, hôpitaux universitaires Henri-Mondor, AP-HP, 94000 Créteil, France; Fondation FondaMental, 94000 Créteil, France. Electronic address: franck.schurhoff@inserm.fr.
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Inserm, U955, psychopathologie et génétique des maladies psychiatriques, 94000 Créteil, France; Faculté de médecine, université Paris-Est, 94000 Créteil, France; DHU PePSY, pôle de psychiatrie, hôpitaux universitaires Henri-Mondor, AP-HP, 94000 Créteil, France; Fondation FondaMental, 94000 Créteil, France.
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Fondation FondaMental, 94000 Créteil, France; Clinique psychiatrique, hôpital Civil, hôpitaux universitaires de Strasbourg, 67091 Strasbourg, France.
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Fondation FondaMental, 94000 Créteil, France; Service universitaire de psychiatrie adulte, université Montpellier 1, hôpital de la Colombière, CHU de Montpellier, 34090 Montpellier, France; Inserm U-888, 34093 Montpellier, France.
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Fondation FondaMental, 94000 Créteil, France; Pôle de psychiatrie 347, centre hospitalier Charles-Perrens, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France; CNRS UMR 5287-INCIA, université de Bordeaux 2, 33076 Bordeaux, France.
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Fondation FondaMental, 94000 Créteil, France; Service psychiatrie et addictologie de l'adulte CMP B, CHU de Clermont-Ferrand, 63003 Clermont-Ferrand, France; EA 7280 UFR médecine, université Clermont 1, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Abstract

Schizophrenia is probably the most severe psychiatric disorder with much suffering for the patients and huge costs for the society. Efforts to provide optimal care by general practitioners and psychiatrists are undermined by the complexity of the disorder and difficulties in applying clinical practice guidelines and new research findings to the spectrum of cases seen in day-to-day practice. An innovative model of assessment aimed at improving global care of people with schizophrenia provided by the French national network of schizophrenia expert centres is being described. Each centre has established strong links to local health services and provides support to clinicians in delivering personalized care plans. A common set of assessment tools has been adopted by the ten centres spread over the whole French territory. A web application, e-schizo(©) has been created to record data in a common computerized medical file. This network offers systematic, comprehensive, longitudinal, and multi-dimensional assessments of cases including a medical workup and an exhaustive neuropsychological evaluation. This strategy offers an effective way to transfer knowledge and share expertise. This network is a great opportunity to improve the global patient care and is conceived as being an infrastructure for research from observational cohort to translational research.

KEYWORDS:

Expert centre; Guideline; Network; Schizophrenia; Translational research

PMID:
26072427
DOI:
10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.05.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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