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The existence of small numbers of schizophrenia patients with superior ability in specific cognitive domains is implied by meta-analytic evidence as well as by occasional empirical reports. The authors identified 25 patients with superior (i.e., > or =90th percentile) ability on the Vocabulary subtest of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale 3rd edition(More)
Competence in self-administration of a drug regimen is related to both treatment adherence and functional outcome. Previous research with middle-aged and older schizophrenia patients suggests a central role for cognitive performance in predicting this competence. We examined the relative and joint contributions of demographic, clinical and cognitive(More)
This study sought to objectify the distinction between schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in terms of standard tasks measuring verbal and non-verbal cognitive ability, auditory working memory, verbal declarative memory and visual processing speed. Research participants included 103 outpatients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, 48 with(More)
Cognitive performance rather than symptoms, especially positive symptoms, is regarded as the primary predictor of functional outcome in schizophrenia. However, contradictory evidence exists and many studies fail to sample from the extremes of outcome measures. This study tested whether the differential importance assigned to symptoms and cognitive(More)
Measures of functional competence have been introduced to supplement standard cognitive and neuropsychological evaluations in schizophrenia research and practice. Functional competence comprises skills and abilities that are more relevant to daily life and community adjustment. However, it is unclear whether relevance translates into significantly enhanced(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to identify patients with cognitively impaired, cognitively normal and verbal memory-impaired subtypes of schizophrenia and to examine their clinical and functional validity as distinct forms of the disorder. These subtypes occurred in 73 of 154 patients meeting DSM-IV criteria for schizophrenia or schizoaffective(More)
It has been well established that neurocognitive deficits are a core feature in schizophrenia and predict difficulties in functional independence. However, few studies have assessed the longitudinal stability of cognition and key aspects of functional outcome concurrently. Even less attention has been directed at the contingency of cognitive change on real(More)
OBJECTIVE The main purpose of this investigation was to identify patterns of intellectual performance in schizophrenia patients suggesting preserved, deteriorated, and premorbidly impaired ability, and to determine clinical, cognitive, and functional correlates of these patterns. METHOD We assessed 101 patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective(More)
The survival rate, p, of a measured inoculum of Staph. aureus in a standard volume, of defibrinated blood, is a reliable quantitative measure of the bactericidal power of blood. The number of viable organisms in the inoc-ulum and in the blood-bacterium mixture may be estimated with the necessary accuracy by counts of colonies developing from measured(More)
This study examined the reliability and validity of a new performance-based measure of functional competence for individuals with serious mental illness, the Canadian Objective Assessment of Life Skills (COALS). The COALS assesses both routinized procedural knowledge routines (PKR) and executive operations (EXO) in order to capture functional outcome(More)