Developed by experts on schizophrenia and exhaustively reviewed by APA members, the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Schizophrenia provides therapists with a set of patient care strategies that will aid their clinical decision making. The guideline describes the best and most appropriate treatments available to patients with schizophrenia, including psychopharmacological treatments, ECT, and psychosocial and community interventions. It delineates the process of treatment planning and identifies areas in which research may improve our understanding and management of this condition. This guideline will also help managed care organizations develop more scientifically based and clinically sensitive criteria for the utilization and reimbursement of psychiatric services.
Armed with these guidelines, clinicians can improve the care of their patients with schizophrenia and enable them to lead happier and more productive lives.
|Publisher:||American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.|
|Series:||American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.53(w) x 10.99(h) x 0.34(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction. Development process. Summary of Recommendations. Coding system. General considerations. Disease Definition, Natural History, and Epidemiology. Clnical features. Natural history and course. Epidemiology. Treatment Principles and Alternatives. General issues. Psychiatric management. Pharmacologic treatments. Electroconvulsive therapy. Specific psychosocial interventions. Other social and community interventions. Treatment settings. Formulation and Implementation of a Treatment Pan. Acute phase. Stabilization phase. Stable phase. Special issues in caring for patients with treatment-refractory illness. Clinical and Environmental Features Influencing Treatment. Psychiatric features. Demographic and psychosocial variables. Concurrent general medical conditions. Research directions. Individuals and organizations that submitted comments. References.