Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci.  2012 Aug;10(2):78-87.

Treatment Response in First-episode Schizophrenia

  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany.


First episode schizophrenia (FES) patients tend to be more responsive to treatment. An adequate response has been associated with a favourable long-term course in FES patients. Yet, despite the generally very favourable response profile around one quarter of the patients shows persisting symptoms of psychosis. To improve the outcome and course of psychosis great effort has emerged in identifying biological and clinical variables associated with non-response in order to identify non-responders as early as possible and adopt specific treatment strategies improving illness outcome. Different antipsychotic treatment regimens have been evaluated in terms of their efficacy in reducing symptoms of FES with psychological interventions gaining increasing importance in the treatment concept of patients suffering from their first illness episode. Therefore, aim of this review is to summarize current evidence on the response patterns, the most important predictors of response/non-response as well as on effective treatment interventions in FES patients.


First-episode schizophrenia; Response; Course of illness; Outcome; Predictors; Treatment interventions
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