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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133-139

The Stability of Symptoms and Syndromes in Chronic Schizophrenic Patients

1 Consultant Psychiatrist, Davis Institute of Neuropsychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, India
2 Professor of Psychiatry, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi, India

Correspondence Address:
Milind Borde
Consultant Psychiatrist, Davis Institute of Neuropsychiatry, Kanke, Ranchi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 21776113

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36 chronic schizophrenic patients meeting D.S.M. HI - R criteria were assessed by a single rater using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS). Ratings were repeated 9 months later by the same rater. Negative symptoms and syndromes were much more stable over time than positive symptoms and syndromes. Only hallucinations had stability comparable to the negative symptoms. Positive and negative subtypes of schizophrenia based on the composite score were very stable. Relatively few symptoms from the general psychopathology subscale were stable over time. The implications of these findings are discussed.



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