Symptomatic Remission Along the Clinical Psychosis Spectrum: A Historical and Conceptual Review

Tolga Binbay*, Ceylan Ergül, Jim van Os

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Introduction: In this review, a historical and conceptual panorama of symptomatic remission will be provided with a focus on the whole clinical psychosis beyond schizophrenia.

Methods: We included all published articles on remission in psychosis, without any restrictions regarding language or year. We used a string to detect relevant articles in PubMed. We reviewed the abstracts to exclude out of scope results. Then, we evaluated the remaining articles to extract data. Variables included year of publication, language of publication, country of origin, type of article, main topic of research, main disorder studied, and reference to remission criteria.

Results: The final dataset included 439 citations which dates back to 1950. The Remission in Schizophrenia Working Group (RSWG) criteria which was proposed in 2005 had a major effect on remission research in schizophrenia. The RSWG criteria changed the yearly published numbers of research, the main land of remission research and the scope of the articles. After 2005, the number of publications rapidly increased, and English became the primary language of the articles. Beyond prominent clinical effect, the criteria did have little impact on functional remission in schizophrenia. And also research in the last decade provided very few information about remission in other clinical aspects of psychosis spectrum including acute, transient and chronic forms. Furthermore, although there has been a conceptual unity in the last decade the heterogeneity of the studies is still far from decreasing, which still blurs the efforts to evaluate remission in psychosis.

Conclusion: Although studies on remission in schizophrenia started in the 1950s, the criteria published in 2005 changed the whole area. However, remission discussions are not yet valid for psychotic diagnoses other than schizophrenia and are limited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S3-S6
Number of pages4
JournalNoropsikiyatri Arsivi-Archives of Neuropsychiatry
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


  • Psychosis
  • schizophrenia
  • remission

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