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Janssen Presents New Research at ECNP Calling for More Dialogue Between Psychiatrists and their Patients Living with Schizophrenia

Janssen Presents New Research at ECNP Calling for More Dialogue Between Psychiatrists and their Patients Living with Schizophrenia
Janssen contributed to the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) congress in Paris, September 2-5 this year where it shared findings of its ‘Open Minds’ survey. The results of this pan-European survey call for more open treatment discussions between psychiatrists and their patients living with schizophrenia.

The survey was conducted among 347 psychiatrists across eight European countries and found that psychiatrists limit or delay treatment option discussions with their patients living with schizophrenia. The research shows that opportunities exist for both psychiatrists and their patients living with schizophrenia to communicate more openly about treatment options, and importantly, the findings highlight the positive outlook psychiatrists have for the future of their patients living with schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a complex and chronic brain disorder, in which symptoms can be severe and disabling and can affect all aspects of a person’s daily life. Schizophrenia is typically a lifelong condition, but there are treatments that can be beneficial. Clinical guidelines recommend that the optimal treatment package is a combination of antipsychotic medication along with psychotherapy, psycho-education and self-help. Effective treatment may allow people with the condition to enjoy a more fulfilling, well rounded life, which may include returning to work or study, independent living and social relationships, which in turn can aid their recovery.1

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References

1. Lang U, Puls I, Muller DJ et al. Molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia. Cell Physiol Biochem 2007;20(6):687-702.