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NICE launches schizophrenia guide

A commissioning guide to cover care for adults with schizophrenia has been published by the UK's NICE

A commissioning guide to help primary and secondary care teams offer the best treatment and management for adults with schizophrenia has been published by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Schizophrenia is one of the most common serious mental health disorders, but is still associated with considerable stigma, fear and limited understanding. One in 100 people will experience at least one episode of acute schizophrenia during their lifetime, with men and women equally affected. Typically, the disorder begins between 15-30 years of age.

The first few years after onset of schizophrenia can be particularly upsetting and chaotic, so it is important that patients are diagnosed and offered the best care.

This commissioning guide will enable healthcare professionals to do this by signposting and providing key clinical and service-related issues to consider. The guide identifies specific areas of clinical practice that should be adopted and provides Primary Care Trusts with a commissioning tool to identify their local service requirements, review current services and highlight future needs.

NICE has also issued a commission guide for the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults and updated 28 other commissioning guides.

The guides, Service for the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults and Service for the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults, as well as the updated guides can be accessed via the NICE website

13th January 2010

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