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Management of schizophrenia
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
Provision of information
When a diagnosis is made, professionals should ensure that service users and families/carers are informed and that clear information is given about what the diagnosis means and why it has been made
Access and engagement
Comorbid substance misuse should not exclude people with schizophrenia from services or interventions. Management of severe and complex problems may require a joint consultative approach between mental health and substance use services
Early intervention services
Individuals in the first episode of psychosis should receive treatment within the context of a specialist early intervention model of care. This should be multidisciplinary and encompass:
engagement/assertive outreach approaches
family involvement and family interventions
access to psychological interventions and psychologically informed care
Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age
Development group: Gruffydd-Jones, McArthur, Murphy, Russell & Wise. This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Gruffydd-Jones K et al with the support of a grant from Teva UK Limited.