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Recovery from Schizophrenia : An International Perspective - Kim Hopper

Recovery from Schizophrenia

An International Perspective

By: Kim Hopper (Editor), Glynn Harrison (Editor), Aleksandar Janca (Editor), Norman Sartorius (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th June 2007
ISBN: 9780195313673
Number Of Pages: 392

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In the late 1960s, the World Health Organization initiated a series of international studies of the incidence, characteristics, course, and consequences of schizophrenia. Those studies - the largest ever in the history of psychiatry - provided important data about the disorder in groups of patients living in different countries and cultures, and first focused attention on the differences in short-term prognosis for schizophrenia between the third world and industrialized countries. In the 1990s, the International Study of Schizophrenia (ISoS) set out to relocate those subjects and to determine their clinical and social status some 15 to 25 years later.
Recovery from Schizophrenia is a comprehensive account of what ISoS found, reporting follow-up results for over 1000 subjects examined in the earlier WHO studies (and in several local studies as well). The body of this volume consists of detailed descriptions of the long-term course and outcome of schizophrenia, together with portraits of the field research sites in 14 countries. Introductory and synoptic chapters lay out the origin and design of the WHO studies culminating in ISoS, and synthesize the study's main findings. ISoS shows that, with appropriate treatment, schizophrenia has a favorable outcome for a substantial portion of those afflicted. The surprising finding of the short-term follow-up studies - that outcome was better in the developing than in the developed countries - is confirmed here for long-term course. Yet while prognosis continues to favor subjects in developing countries, the varied outcomes for those in developed nations still offers ample reason for hope.
This book is the first of its kind. The massive multinational investigations upon which it is based are unique in psychiatry and cross-cultural epidemiology. Recovery from Schizophrenia will be a valuable resource for researchers, epidemiologists, policymakers, and mental health professionals worldwide, providing evidence that supports investment in the care of persons with schizophrenia.

"This brilliantly devised and rigorously conducted research provides a comprehensive assessment of outcome from one of the worlds most feared illnesses. It offers hope and strikes a blow against the stigma of mental illness. It will change forever the social perception of schizophrenia."--Richard Warner, PhD, author of Recovery from Schizophrenia: Psychiatry and Political Economy "Professor Hopper and his colleagues have created an outstanding report on this massive enterprise. The authors provide an important, valuable, and unusual balance in an area often marked by presentation of only a narrow perspective on the complex questions of course and outcome in schizophrenia."--John Strauss, MD, Professor Emeritus, Yale University Medical School "This remarkable volume makes two large and important contributions: it is one of the best global reviews of outcome for people with schizophrenia and it presents an original data set from comparative studies of schizophrenia around the world that offers a simply crucial understanding of outcome for this major mental illness. But it is more than this: the authors manage to combine clinical, epidemiological, and anthropological perspectives about as seamlessly as they can be related. An important achievement!"--Arthur Kleinman, MD, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School "Precisely when the zeitgeist seems to have crowned biology as the sole breaking code and means of intervention of schizophrenia, comes this book and widens its spectrum of inquiry, discourse, and course of action. This book is for everyone: clinicians, service users, families, researchers, and planners. ISoS convincingly shows that research and care should be comprehensive: research that integrates biology, psychology, and social sciences may help to break the still elusive total code, while the same triad may help the clinician to assist the patient and the family to face a serious disorder and overcome it."--Itzhak Levav, MD, MSc, Ministry of Health, Israel "Rigorous, sophisticated, methodologically thoughtful. Recovery from Schizophrenia underlines the potential for real recovery for persons with schizophrenia, without sugarcoating the challenges of recovery and the necessity for personal courage, a helpful support system, and appropriate medical services."--Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine "This is a comprehensive account of the 1990s-initiated International Study of Schizophrenia which was conducted in 14 countries and involved the detailed descriptions of over 1,000 subjects on their long-term course and outcome."--Doody's "This book offers a wealth of information about one of the world's most insidious illnesses and grounds for therapeutic optimism...it should help reduce the stigma of mental illness and may change forever the social perception of schizophrenia."--American Journal of Psychiatry "This remarkable volume makes two large and important contributions: it is one of the best global reviews of outcome for people with schizophrenia and it presents an original data set from comparative studies of schizophrenia around the world that offers a simply crucial understanding of outcome for this major mental illness. But it is more than this: the authors manage to combine clinical, epidemiological, and anthropological perspectives about as seamlessly as they can be related. An important achievement!"--Arthur Kleinman, MD, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School "Precisely when the zeitgeist seems to have crowned biology as the sole breaking code and means of intervention of schizophrenia, comes this book and widens its spectrum of inquiry, discourse, and course of action. This book is for everyone: clinicians, service users, families, researchers, and planners. ISoS convincingly shows that research and care should be comprehensive: research that integrates biology, psychology, and social sciences may help to break the still elusive total code, while the same triad may help the clinician to assist the patient and the family to face a serious disorder and overcome it."--Itzhak Levav, MD, MSc, Ministry of Health, Israel "Professor Hopper and his colleagues have created an outstanding report on this massive enterprise. The authors provide an important, valuable, and unusual balance in an area often marked by presentation of only a narrow perspective on the complex questions of course and outcome in schizophrenia."--John Strauss, MD, Professor Emeritus, Yale University Medical School "This brilliantly devised and rigorously conducted research provides a comprehensive assessment of outcome from one of the worlds most feared illnesses. It offers hope and strikes a blow against the stigma of mental illness. It will change forever the social perception of schizophrenia."--Richard Warner, PhD, author of Recovery from Schizophrenia: Psychiatry and Political Economy "Rigorous, sophisticated, methodologically thoughtful. Recovery from Schizophrenia underlines the potential for real recovery for persons with schizophrenia, without sugarcoating the challenges of recovery and the necessity for personal courage, a helpful support system, and appropriate medical services."--Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine "This is a comprehensive account of the 1990s-initiated International Study of Schizophrenia which was conducted in 14 countries and involved the detailed descriptions of over 1,000 subjects on their long-term course and outcome."--Doody's "This book offers a wealth of information about one of the world's most insidious illnesses and grounds for therapeutic optimism...it should help reduce the stigma of mental illness and may change forever the social perception of schizophrenia."--American Journal of Psychiatry

Background: Part I: 1: Twenty-five Years of WHO: Coordinated Activities Concerned with Schizophrenia 2: Study Methodology Findings: Part II: 3: An Overview of Course and Outcome of ISoS 4: Predictors of Long-Term Course and Outcome for the DOSMeD Cohort 5: Long-Term Diagnostic Stability in International Cohorts of Persons with Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses 6: Long-Term Mortality Experience of International Cohorts of Persons with Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses 7: Identifying Prognostic Factors That Predict Recovery in the Presence of Loss to Follow-Up Part III: The Centers: 3.A International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia (IPSS): 8: Agra, India 9: Cali, Colombia 10: Prague, Czech Republic 3.B Determinants of Outcome of Severe Mental Disorder (DOSMeD): 11: Chandigarh, India 12: Dublin, Ireland 13: Honolulu, Hawaii 14: Moscow, Russia 15: Nagasaki, Japan 16: Nottingham, UK 17: Rochester, New York 3.C Reduction and Assessment of Psychiatric Disability (RAPyD or Disability): 18: Groningen, The Netherlands 19: Mannheim, Germany 20: Sofia, Bulgaria 3.D Retrospective Analysis (RA)/Invited Centers: 21: Beijing, China 22: Hong Kong 23: Chennai (Madras), India Conclusion: Appendices: Index:

ISBN: 9780195313673
ISBN-10: 0195313674
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 28th June 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 18.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.81