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Schizophrenia is a chronic condition requiring long term medications with serial compliance by patients. Stigma is an important factor which affects recovery and compliance of patients with schizophrenia. Stigma may be perceived stigma , self-stigma or experienced stigma .
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES :
To study soico-demographic factors of patients diagnosd with schizophrenia .
To study correlation between duration of active illness and stigma among patients of schizophrenia .
The value of pearson’s correlation co-efficient R is 0.3497, thus indicating a ppositive correlation between duration of active illness and stigma faced by the patients. P value for pearson’s correlation was found out to be 0.01188 which is statistically significant at p<0.05.
It thus becomes of utmost importance for early diagnosis , treatment of Schizphrenia , not only by medications , but also through a bio-psycho-social approach .
Stigma may affect recovery , promote relapse and treatment reisistance and it has become more important then ever to address this evil vice
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