NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 2:30 AM
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Researchers have found that schizophrenia patients who are provided with years of “coordinated specialty care'” in community clinics had a greater quality of life.
The study suggests that specialty care is better than typical drug treatment, like the generic antipsychotic drug Risperidone.
Quick treatment for people with schizophrenia soon after their very first psychotic episode makes a “substantial” difference in their quality of life, according to a major study published Tuesday.
The study, led by John Kane, chairman of the psychiatry department at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, included 404 people treated at 34 clinics across the country after a first psychotic episode, and was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers found that people who are provided years of “coordinated specialty care” in community clinics had a greater quality of life, more involvement in work and school, and less ongoing pathology than others who received typical care such as drug treatment.