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November 2015

Dementia in Patients With Schizophrenia: Evidence for Heterogeneity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(11):1075-1076. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1745

It has been known for some time that individuals with schizophrenia develop progressive dementia later in life at higher rates than the general population. Some have argued that this association is a byproduct of the higher rates of chronic medical conditions or addiction in individuals with schizophrenia compared with the general population. Others postulate a biological association between schizophrenia and dementia. Ribe and colleagues1 add significantly to the literature on the subject in this issue of JAMA Psychiatry.

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