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Decline in diagnoses of schizophrenia in Tasmania during the period 1965-1990


Jones, IH and Kirkby, KC and Hay, DA and Daniels, BA and Longmore, LM, Decline in diagnoses of schizophrenia in Tasmania during the period 1965-1990, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 95, (1) pp. 13-18. ISSN 0001-690X (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.1997.tb00367.x


Changes in the rates of diagnosis of schizophrenia in Tasmania, Australia during the period 1965-1990 were examined using records from the State mental health case register. Analyses were restricted to subjects with diagnoses recorded between the ages of 20 and 29 years in order to reduce possible errors caused by age-standardized methods. There was a significant decrease in the rate of non-paranoid subtypes of schizophrenia in female subjects, accompanied by a commensurate rise in the rate of bipolar diagnoses in that group. Differential changes in male and female subjects support explanations of phenotypic shifts in presentation of psychosis as well as changes in diagnostic practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jones, IH (Professor Ivor Jones)
UTAS Author:Kirkby, KC (Professor Kenneth Kirkby)
UTAS Author:Daniels, BA (Dr Brett Daniels)
UTAS Author:Longmore, LM ( Longmore)
ID Code:10948
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Clinical Sciences
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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