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Cardiometabolic risk factors increased in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders

October 17, 2014

Patients with first-episode schizophrenia spectrum disorders exhibited increased cardiometabolic risk factors and abnormalities that are potentially attributable to the use of antipsychotic medications, unhealthy lifestyle habits and underlying illness, according to results from the RAISE-ETP trial.

Researchers evaluated data collected from 34 community mental health facilities from July 2010 to July 2012. All facilities lacked major research, teaching or clinical programs for first-episode schizophrenia spectrum disorders. The patients were aged 15 to 40 years (mean age, 23.6 years), had research-confirmed first-episode schizophrenia spectrum disorders and had received less than 6 months of antipsychotic treatment in their lifetime (mean, 47.3 days). Nearly 54% of patients had schizophrenia, 20% schizoaffective disorder, 16% schizophreniform disorder and 10% an unspecified or brief psychotic disorder.

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Cardiometabolic risk factors increased in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders

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