Prediction research of neuroleptic treatment outcome in schizophrenia — state of the art: 1978–1993

  • A. G. Awad


In spite of the proven benefits of neuroleptics in reducing acute psychotic symptoms and in preventing relapse in many schizophrenic patients, not all patients benefit equally from neuroleptic therapy. The marked variability of the course in schizophrenia and its response to drug therapy are widely recognized (Awad 1989). Not surprisingly then, a good deal of interst has been devoted to predictive research and prognostic issues in general. Bellak (1948), surveying almost three decades of extensive literature on schizophrenia research concluded;

‘...the criteria for improvement, recovey and all other factors pertaining to prognosis are vague and disorderly.’


Schizophrenic Patient Neuroleptic Treatment Prediction Research Bioi Psychiatry Neuroleptic Therapy 
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  • A. G. Awad
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryThe Wellesley HospitalTorontoCanada

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