Apathy in Schizophrenia Study

Project title: Prevalence of the 2018 diagnostic Criteria of Apathy in Schizophrenia patients and its relationship with negative symptoms: a European study (CASE)

Project description: Apathy, a reduction of activity compared to person’s previous level of functioning, is commonly seen in people suffering with brain and mental disorders, including schizophrenia. Recently, a committee of experts have proposed a new set of criteria for deciding whether present severe apathy, but these have not been assessed in people with schizophrenia. In this project we aim to understand how many people with schizophrenia experience severe apathy using the novel criteria. This is a multi-center international study using clinical interview and scales of apathy and other symptoms. All scales and tests are commonly used in clinical practice and the total study should last about 90 minutes at max. The study does not include changes in medication, extra blood tests or brain scans. It is purely based in clinical interviews by two experienced mental health professionals, being the responsible clinician. Up to 30 people will be asked to participate in each of the 6 centers, for a total of 180 cases in Europe. All information will be anonymized and only scales scores with an ID number will be shared with the other centers.

Research team: Emilio Fernandez-Egea (University of Cambridge/CPFT); Dominque Drapier & Gabriel Robert (University of Rennes); Stefan Kaiser (Universite de Geneve); Anna Mane (Universitat Autonoma Barcelona); Armida Mucci & Silvana Galderisi (Universita della Campania, Napoli); Philippe Robert (Universite Cote d’Azur, Nice)

Involvement: The researcher would be interested in receiving email feedback by people with lived experience of schizophrenia or psychosis. If you are interested you will need to read the research protocol and respond to a series of questions.

Payment: Members will receive £10/hour. Please note that accepting payments may affect any state benefits you may be receiving and may also be liable to income tax.

Contact Iliana at iliana.rokkou@cpft.nhs.uk for more info.

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