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Words matter: after more than a century ‘schizophrenia’ needs rebranding

  • Antonio Lasalvia

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Professionals, patients and patient organisations have advocated for the renaming of ‘schizophrenia’, seeing the term as misleading, stigmatising and a barrier to specialised care. In countries where a name change has occurred (e.g. Japan), the advantages of renaming seem to far outweigh disadvantages. Nevertheless, a name change would be a long and complex process that would not be useful if it were not accompanied by parallel changes in legislation, services and the education of professionals and the public.

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Correspondence Dr Antonio Lasalvia, U.O.C. Psichiatria, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata (AOUI) di Verona, Policlinico ‘G.B. Rossi’, P.le Scuro, 10 37134 – Verona, Italy. Email: antonio.lasalvia@univr.it

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Words matter: after more than a century ‘schizophrenia’ needs rebranding

  • Antonio Lasalvia

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