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This guideline has been developed to advise on the treatment and management of schizophrenia. The guideline recommendations have been arrived at by a team of health care professionals, service users, carers and researchers after careful consideration of the best available evidence. It is intended that the guideline should assist clinicians and others to provide high-quality care for people with schizophrenia and their families, while also emphasising the importance of the experience of care for service users and carers.

Please note that the guideline is currently being updated; the expected publication date is March 2009.


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Individual algorithms and pathways to care

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Full guideline (includes Appendices 1 to 19)

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NICE guideline


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Schizophrenia - atypical antipsychotics (No. 43).


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