New Tool Helps Manage Schizophrenia Through Life CourseSchizophrenia is a serious and potentially debilitating mental illness affecting a person’s thought processes, perception, language and sense of oneself.

Although the root cause of the disease remains debatable, most agree that it is a multifaceted illness that occurs through a combination of biological factors as well as socioeconomic conditions.

Currently the illness affects seven out of every 1,000 individuals, accounting for 24 million cases worldwide.

In a new study, researchers have developed a collaborative management approach to assist the various people involved in the management of patients with schizophrenia (including the patients themselves).

Researchers explain how although the illness is treatable with modern drugs, relapse and dropout from treatment is common, and the suicide risk among people with schizophrenia is much higher than in the general population.

However, patients can be rehabilitated if their symptoms and circumstances are monitored and treated appropriately from earliest childhood.

In particular, if the warning signs of emerging symptoms of risk to the patient and others are detected early through management, then many problems can be avoided or their impact lessened.

Writing in the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, researchers developed an analytical tool called the Awareness Information Net model to assist in maintaining awareness among the various people involved in the management of patients with schizophrenia.

“The ultimate goal of the current study is to develop the conceptual foundations for an automated workflow management system for a collaborative management process for schizophrenia,” the team said.

The team suggests that their assistive modeling approach will not only help patients themselves but raise awareness in society of this debilitating mental illness and help others to handle adverse circumstances that arise as a result of schizophrenia.

Source: Inderscience Publishers

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