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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder in which individuals may seem to have lost touch with reality. Those diagnosed with schizophrenia may experience hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, or agitated body movements. While not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. VA research into schizophrenia focuses on various aspects of the condition, including understanding factors that may predispose an individual to the condition; determining if combat deployments play a role in triggering the condition; increasing access to services; and improving health outcomes for Veterans with schizophrenia.

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Citations

(5 of more than 331 SCHIZOPHRENIA focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 20 SCHIZOPHRENIA focused publication briefs)

  • Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Decreases Use of General Mental Health Services among Veterans with Mental Illness
    This study examined the relationship between primary care clinic engagement in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) and patient use of different mental health services (MHS). Findings showed that there was increasing clinic engagement in PC-MHI services over time, accompanied by a reduction in general MHS visits – but no change in more specialized mental health services. Analyses showed...
    Date: December 15, 2017
  • Use of Clozapine for Veterans with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia Could Result in Significant Cost Savings
    This cost-benefit analysis sought to simulate potential cost savings for VA that would result from increasing the use of clozapine among Veterans with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Findings showed that modest increases in clozapine use could result in significant cost savings for VA. Among Veterans with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, VA would save $22,444 per Veteran over the first year o...
    Date: June 15, 2016
  • Barriers and Facilitators to Use of Clozapine for Treatment-Resistant Veterans with Schizophrenia
    This study sought to identify facilitators and barriers to clozapine use – and to inform the development of interventions to maximize appropriate use. Findings showed that factors associated with high utilization of clozapine for Veterans with schizophrenia included: providing access to transportation for Veterans; having sufficient capacity to enroll patients; use of multi-disciplinary teams, inc...
    Date: June 15, 2016
  • Antipsychotics Prescribed to Substantial Minority of Veterans with PTSD without Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia
    Given limited knowledge about the use of antipsychotics in Veterans with PTSD returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, this study examined the rates of antipsychotic use in this patient population. Findings showed that antipsychotics were prescribed to a substantial minority of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with PTSD who did not also have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Of the Veterans in thi...
    Date: March 3, 2015
  • Rates of Suicide Higher among Transgender Veterans
    This study sought to document all-cause and suicide mortality among VA healthcare users with an ICD-9-CM diagnosis consistent with transgender status. Findings showed that the crude suicide rate among Veterans with transgender-related diagnoses across the 10-year study period was approximately 82/100,000 person-years, which approximated the crude suicide death rates for Veterans with serious menta...
    Date: December 1, 2014

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Studies

( 5 of more than 17 SCHIZOPHRENIA focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
RRP 12-234 Cost-Effectiveness of an Intervention to Improve Care for Schizophrenia Cohen, Amy 2013-01-01
PPO 10-247 Improving Outcomes in Suicidal Veterans with Schizophrenia Kasckow, John 2012-03-01
IIR 08-116 Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality Among Veterans with Schizophrenia Kilbourne, Amy 2009-07-01
IIR 08-324 Mechanisms of Patient Activation and Self-Management in Schizophrenia Salyers, Michelle 2009-05-01
IIR 05-326 Patterns of Late-Life Healthcare Among VA Patients with Schizophrenia Copeland, Laurel 2006-07-01

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