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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 183-188

Symptomatic remission in first-episode psychosis and its predictors: a single-center study in Egypt

1 Department of Psychiatry, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
2 Assisstant Professor of Psychiatry, Port Said University, Egypt
3 Professor of Psychiatry, Mansoura University, Egypt
4 Professor of Public Health, Mansoura University, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
MSc Hassan M Sonbol
Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, 6 Bdeaa Street, Takseem El Samanoudy, Mansoura, ElDakahleya, 35516
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejpsy.ejpsy_27_20

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Aim The aim of the current study was to investigate the rates and predictors of symptomatic remission in patients presenting with first-episode psychosis 1 year after treatment initiation. Patients and methods A total of 102 participants aged 19–42 years who were consecutively enrolled into this study from October 2014 to November 2016 and who fulfilled the study inclusion criteria and completed 1-year of follow-up. Baseline and follow-up variables were collected via direct interview of the patients and their caregivers. In order to assess symptomatic remission, the standardized remission criteria for schizophrenia by the Remission in Schizophrenia Working Group were used, based on positive and negative syndrome scale. Results By the end of 1-year follow-up, 36.3% (n=37) of participants met the criteria for symptomatic remission. Logistic regression analysis showed that good premorbid functioning was found to be the only independent predictor of symptomatic remission. Conclusion In a cohort of Egyptian young people presenting with first-episode psychosis, the rate of symptomatic remission was low (36.3%) in comparison with previous cohorts conducted in the developing countries.

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