NICE guidelines address social aspect of schizophrenia

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:679
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. London

    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) this week launched its first set of guidelines on the treatment and management of schizophrenia in primary and secondary care, in an attempt to improve healthcare outcomes among patients in England and Wales.

    People with schizophrenia often encounter stigmatisation and discrimination, says the report. “This may occur not only in wider society… but also with the NHS,” where, say the authors, people with schizophrenia often receive substandard care.

    According to the report schizophrenia costs the NHS more than any other mental illness, consuming more than 5% of the NHS …

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