Short and Long Term Considerations in the Management of Schizophrenia
There are multiple challenges to consider during the short- and long-term management of patients with schizophrenia. However, an integrated, personalized, and holistic approach to treatment may be able to improve the quality of life of patients with a psychotic illness as well as prevent relapses and encourage a higher chance of remission. [Galletly et al. 2016]
- Short-term – Once the symptoms and signs of the disorder have been identified, people that experience a first episode need comprehensive treatment that continues throughout what is termed the critical period. There is, therefore, unparalleled importance attached to early intervention with evidence-based strategies that promote clinical recovery.
- Long-term – This approach to management appreciates the complexity of the unique circumstances of each patient, which requires a keen understanding of the patient’s psychopathology, physical morbidity, cognitive ability, disability, at-risk behaviours, education, employment, income, accommodation, and service utilisation and needs.