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Cognitive changes in acute schizophrenia with brief neuroleptic treatment
Am J Psychiatry 1981;138:1307-1310.
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The authors studied 44 acutely decompensated, hospitalized schizophrenic patients who were placed on a double-blind basis for 10 days in three treatment groups: patients given high, moderate, and standard doses of haloperidol. To assess changes in the patients' concentration, abstract thinking, and ability to respond appropriately they administered two clinical rating scales and three psychological tests. Patients in all three treatment groups showed similar and significant improvements according to both clinical and psychological ratings after haloperidol administration. Normal control subjects showed no change in psychological test scores over time. The authors conclude that brief treatment with neuroleptics produces measurable improvement in schizophrenic thinking.

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