ISSN: 1935-1232 (P)

ISSN: 1941-2010 (E)

Jessie Thuswaldner
Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada


  • Review   
    Older Adults with First-Onset Schizophrenia: An Under-Recognized and Under-Served Patient Population
    Author(s): Jessie Thuswaldner and Timothy Lau*

    Schizophrenia is typically understood to be a disorder with onset in early adulthood, but nearly a quarter of patients are estimated to develop schizophrenia after age 40. Late-onset schizophrenia (patients with onset after age 40) and very-late onset schizophrenia (patients with onset after age 60) are historically an under-recognized and under-served population. Reasons for this are manifold and may include barriers such as inconsistent terminology used to describe these patients, challenges with diagnosing, and a lack of research and resources for these patients. To overcome these barriers, field studies should be conducted to determine if diagnostic manuals should include these subsets and thus provide clear diagnostic criteria. With clear criteria learning objectives could be made for medical school and residency programs which would promote the recognition of t.. Read More»

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