How long should treatments be continued?

Jonathan C. Craig, Angela C. Webster, Clement Loy

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Data from randomised trials and cohort studies are needed to answer this question.
To make evidence based decisions, clinicians and patients need to know the answers to three questions about an intervention. Does it do more good than harm? How intense should treatment be? For how long should it be given? In the linked study (doi:10.1136/bmj.c4024), Chen and colleagues tackle the third question by assessing relapse rates after a first episode of psychosis in patients who either continued or discontinued antipsychotic drugs after at least one year of treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberc4102
JournalBMJ (Online)
Issue number7770
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • treatment
  • evidence based practice
  • interventions


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