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Season of birth of patients with schizophrenia in urban and rural areas and anticipation in families

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Code Science Field Subfield
3.09.00  Medical sciences  Psychiatry   

Code Science Field
B650  Biomedical sciences  Psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychosomatics 
B680  Biomedical sciences  Public health, epidemiology 
Keywords
schizophrenia, incidence, urbanisation, population density, seasonality, anticipation, course
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Researchers (3)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  12631  Marjeta Blinc-Pesek  Psychiatry  Researcher  2002 - 2003  58 
2.  13382  PhD Rok Tavčar  Psychiatry  Head  2002 - 2003  283 
3.  07179  PhD Vukosav Žvan  Psychiatry  Researcher  2002 - 2003  39 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1620  University Psyhiatric Hospital  Ljubljana - Polje  1191004000  3,485 
Abstract
The incidence of schizophrenia is higher among persons born in winter. This is explained with respiratory infections in pregnancy, which are more common in urban areas with high population density. Our aim is to assess the influence of population density on incidence and seasonal pattern of schizophrenia in Slovenia. We will include patients with schizophrenia discharged between 1987 and 1996 from the University Psychiatric Hospital in Ljubljana. The observed and expected incidence of patients with schizophrenia will be compared between urban, semi-urban and rural environments. In case of familial occurence of schizophrenia special attention will be paid to identifying possible anticipation - earlier onset and more severe course of illness in subsequent generations.
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