Determinants of work outcome in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder: Role of cognitive function

Yasuhiro Kaneda*, Karuna Jayathilak, Herbert Y. Meltzer

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Abstract

Cognitive impairment has been reported to be more important than clinical symptomatology as a determinant of work and social function in schizophrenia. In a retrospective analysis of a group of 152 patients with chronic schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, performance on a battery of neuropsychological tests was contrasted in employed (32, 21.1%) versus unemployed subgroups. As predicted, neurocognitive performance was more important than clinical symptoms in predicting employment status. Among neurocognitive functions, verbal working memory (as reflected by the Consonant Trigram Test) was the strongest predictor of employment status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-179
Number of pages2
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume169
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2009

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Employment
  • Schizophrenia
  • Verbal working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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