Diagnosing and Monitoring Patients With Schizophrenia

What are the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia, and how do you monitor patients for treatment response? Take this quiz to test your knowledge on the requirements for a schizophrenia diagnosis and best practices for assessment. 


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This resource is intended for educational purposes only and is intended for US healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals should use independent medical judgment. All decisions regarding patient care must be handled by a healthcare professional and be made based on the unique needs of each patient. 

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