The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

Measuring the Outcomes of trials

By Mark Fenton, CSzG Editor and Editor for Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETs)

The job I get paid to do is as Editor of a database about things we know we don’t know (UK DUETS – http://www.library.nhs.uk/duets/) and one of the fields in a UK DUETs entry is to record the outcomes which should be addressed if the uncertainty should be taken up for future research.

Smiley Face 5 Satisfaction Scale

Smiley Face 5 Satisfaction Scale (Photo credit: cathyinoz)

I think it might be fair to say that I have spent a lot of time in the past seven years thinking about outcomes that should be measured in all sorts of trials, not just trials for those with schizophrenia. Read the rest of this entry »

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New review published on Nidotherapy

#Nidotherapy: aiming to ‘modify the environment of people with schizophrenia ‘ – ow.ly/jY7Ol  NEW! Review: ow.ly/jY7Ub

English: A schizophrenic patient at the Glore ...

English: A schizophrenic patient at the Glore Psychiatric Museum made this piece of cloth and it gives us a peek into her mind. Русский: Вышивка, сделанная пациентом, страдающим от шизофрении. Экспонат психиатрического музея Глор, Миссури. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: En schizofren pasients arbeid med et tøystykke, der ordene beskriver det pasienten kanskje har oppfattet som sammenhengende. Tøystykket er utstilt i The Glore Psychiatric Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Environmental stressors can cause schizophrenia – http://ow.ly/jY4YH – but can also be supported by Nidotherapy – http://ow.ly/jY53O

‘Nidotherapy (from the Latin ‘nidus’ or ‘nest’) aims at identifying the need for and making changes to a person’s environment and surroundings. Read the rest of this entry »

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