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Resolution and remission in schizophrenia: getting well and staying well

  • David Yeomans, Mark Taylor, Alan Currie, Richard Whale, Keith Ford, Chris Fear, Joanne Hynes, Gary Sullivan, Bruce Moore and Tom Burns...
Summary

Remission is a new research outcome indicating long-term wellness. Remission not only sets a standard for minimal severity of symptoms and signs (resolution); it also sets a standard for how long symptoms and signs need to remain at this minimal level (6 months). Individuals who achieve remission from schizophrenia have better subjective well-being and better functional outcomes than those who do not. Research suggests that remission can be achieved in 20–60% of people with schizophrenia. There is some evidence of the usefulness of remission as an outcome indicator for clinicians, service users and their carers. This article reviews the literature on remission in schizophrenia and asks whether it could be a useful clinical standard of well-being and a foundation for functional improvement and recovery.

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Dr David Yeomans, Clarence House, 11 Clarence Road, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4LB, UK. Email: david.yeomans@leedspft.nhs.uk
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The authors met to discuss the remission concept at a meeting supported by Janssen-Cilag Ltd.

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Resolution and remission in schizophrenia: getting well and staying well

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