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The tail wagging the dog: the diagnostic accuracy of first rank symptoms: COMMENTARY ON… COCHRANE CORNER

  • Leigh Townsend (a1) and Riccardo De Giorgi (a2)

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Outcomes for people with schizophrenia are improved by expedient diagnosis and specific treatment. ICD-11 and DSM-5 have reduced the importance of Schneider's first rank symptoms (FRS) in the diagnosis of schizophrenia; however, FRS may still offer a useful triage tool for the early identification of schizophrenia and initiation of antipsychotic therapy in high-demand and resource-poor settings. This commentary considers a Cochrane review that assesses the diagnostic accuracy of one or multiple FRS in diagnosing schizophrenia in adults and adolescents.

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Correspondence Dr Leigh Townsend, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK. Email: leigh.townsend@medsci.ox.ac.uk

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The tail wagging the dog: the diagnostic accuracy of first rank symptoms: COMMENTARY ON… COCHRANE CORNER

  • Leigh Townsend (a1) and Riccardo De Giorgi (a2)
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