Shih-Chi Lin

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OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate the relationship between the clinical course of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and quality of life (QOL) among Taiwan earthquake survivors for 3 years. METHODS A population survey was done in a Taiwan township near the epicenter of a severe earthquake (7.3 on the Richter scale). Trained assistants used the Medical(More)
OBJECTIVE Because benzodiazepines (BZDs) may be abused, prescribing them is debatable. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prescription of BZDs to explore the current status of BZD use at discharge and at 4 months after discharge. METHODS From 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006, prescribed doses for BZDs at discharge and at 4 months after(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to compare the time to rehospitalization of schizophrenic patients who were discharged from a psychiatric hospital while being treated with typical antipsychotics, clozapine or risperidone. We also assessed other possible predictors of time to rehospitalization. METHODS The study monitored the rehospitalization(More)
The use of antipsychotic combination has been increasing during the last decade. This study aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of low-dose amisulpride plus low-dose sulpiride with full-dose amisulpride in the treatment of acute schizophrenia. In this 6-week, double-blind, fixed-dose study, patients were randomized to antipsychotic combination (400(More)
Schizophrenic disorder is a lifelong illness. Hospitalization is a major event for the patient and his/her family, often indicating that the clinical symptoms have reached an intolerable level. The purpose of this study was to investigate the risk factors affecting the time to rehospitalization. Rehospitalization status was monitored for all schizophrenic(More)
Anxiety symptoms are common for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Anxious depression has been considered MDD with high levels of anxiety symptoms. The objective of this study was to investigate the factors associated with anxious depression for Chinese inpatients with MDD. A total of 174 acutely ill patients were enrolled. Baseline demographic(More)
OBJECTIVE Antipsychotic polypharmacy is common in clinical practice, but not recommended in guidelines for treating schizophrenia patients. This study aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of low-dose olanzapine plus low-dose trifluoperazine (a first-generation antipsychotic [FGA]) to full-dose olanzapine (a second-generation antipsychotic [SGA]) in the(More)
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