World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Guidelines for Biological Treatment of Schizophrenia, Part 2: Update 2012 on the long-term treatment of schizophrenia and management of antipsychotic-induced side effects

WFSBP Task Force on Treatment Guidelines for Schizophrenia

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Abstract

These updated guidelines are based on a first edition of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) guidelines for biological treatment of schizophrenia published in 2006. For this 2012 revision, all available publications pertaining to the biological treatment of schizophrenia were reviewed systematically to allow for an evidence-based update. These guidelines provide evidence-based practice recommendations that are clinically and scientifically meaningful. They are intended to be used by all physicians diagnosing and treating people suffering from schizophrenia. Based on the first version of these guidelines, a systematic review of the MEDLINE/PUBMED database and the Cochrane Library, in addition to data extraction from national treatment guidelines, has been performed for this update. The identified literature was evaluated with respect to the strength of evidence for its efficacy and then categorised into six levels of evidence (A-F) and five levels of recommendation (1-5) (Bandelow et al. 2008a,b, World J Biol Psychiatry 9:242, see Table 1). This second part of the updated guidelines covers long-term treatment as well as the management of relevant side effects. These guidelines are primarily concerned with the biological treatment (including antipsychotic medication and other pharmacological treatment options) of adults suffering from schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-44
Number of pages43
JournalWorld Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

Keywords

  • Antipsychotics
  • Evidence-based guidelines
  • Long-term treatment
  • Schizophrenia
  • Side effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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