The tail wagging the dog: the diagnostic accuracy of first rank symptoms COMMENTARY ON… COCHRANE CORNER
De Giorgi, Riccardo
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Townsend, L., & De Giorgi, R. (2019). The tail wagging the dog: The diagnostic accuracy of first rank symptoms: COMMENTARY ON… COCHRANE CORNER. BJPsych Advances, 25(6), 337-341.
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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