When assessing the success of a certain pharmacologic treatment for a patient with schizophrenia, there is a distinction to be made between “efficacy” and “effectiveness”. The Canadian Consortium for Early Intervention in Psychosis has created a clinical definition for ‘treatment effectiveness’ based on a sound conceptual framework, currently available evidence and clinical experience. This definition will assist clinicians in evaluating an effective response to treatment which will incorporate efficacy, tolerability and acceptance.
This conceptual framework was created by a national faculty and reviewed by our membership.
Author: Dr. Ashok Malla
This initiative has been sponsored in part by Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance through an educational grant.