What are the prognostic factors of schizophrenia?


What are the prognostic factors of schizophrenia?

Several factors have been associated with a better overall prognosis: Being female, rapid (vs. insidious) onset of symptoms, older age of first episode, predominantly positive (rather than negative) symptoms, presence of mood symptoms, and good pre-illness functioning.

What are good prognostic factors for Schizophreniform?

Factors for good prognosis

  • No family history of schizophrenia.
  • Stable personality and relationships prior to diagnosis.
  • Acute onset.
  • Older age at onset.
  • Prompt treatment.
  • Motivation and initiative.
  • Female.
  • Fewer negative symptoms.

What is the prevalence and prognosis of schizophrenia?

The prevalence of schizophrenia (ie, the number of cases in a population at any one time point) approaches 1 percent internationally. The incidence (the number of new cases annually) is about 1.5 per 10,000 people [3]. Age of onset is typically during adolescence; childhood and late-life onset (over 45 years) are rare.

Which type of schizophrenia onset has a poor prognosis?

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is a severe form of psychotic disorder that occurs at age 12 years or younger and is often chronic and persistently debilitating, with worse outcomes than patients who have later onset of symptoms.

Who has the better prognosis for recovery from schizophrenia?

Chances for recovery are improved if the disease comes on suddenly, as opposed to when it comes on slowly. The older one is at the onset of schizophrenia, the better.

What is a prognostic factor?

Listen to pronunciation. (prog-NOS-tik FAK-ter) A situation or condition, or a characteristic of a patient, that can be used to estimate the chance of recovery from a disease or the chance of the disease recurring (coming back).

Do all schizophrenics need medication?

Antipsychotic medications improve the quality of life for most, but not all, patients with chronic schizophrenia, and most of them will require medications for many years-even for life.

What is a poor prognostic factor?

Factors that predict a better outcome are called ‘good’ or ‘favorable’ prognostic factors. Those that predict for worse outcomes are called ‘poor’ prognostic factors.