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The Canadian National Outcomes Measurement Study in Schizophrenia: overview of the patient sample and methodology

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Smith G, Malla A, Williams R, Kopala L, Love L, Balshaw R. The Canadian National Outcomes Measurement Study in Schizophrenia: overview of the patient sample and methodology.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2006: 113 (Suppl. 430): 4–11. © 2006 Blackwell Munksgaard. Objective: 

The Canadian National Outcomes Measurement Study in Schizophrenia (CNOMSS) is a prospective survey of routine clinical practice. Method: 

Patients with schizophrenia or a related disorder were consecutively enrolled from all regions of Canada. Both academic and community psychiatric clinics were included and patients were followed up for 2 years. Clinical and functional status, quality of life, medication and economic costs were assessed at enrollment and monitored throughout the follow-up period. Results: 

Patients attending an academic clinic tended to be younger and more severely ill than those from community clinics. Both types of sites prescribed atypical neuroleptics to more than three-quarters of the patients. The majority of those enrolled were unemployed and living in poverty. Poor clinical status was associated with poverty. Conclusion: 

The CNOMSS provides demographic, clinical and treatment-related information about a large Canada-wide sample of psychiatric patients. The following three articles in this issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica explore issues related to medication, quality of life and resource utilization.

Keywords: clinical practice; prognosis; schizophrenia

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC 2: Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, QC 3: Syreon Corporation, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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