Employment plays a critical role in symptom remission and functional outcomes

After symptom remission is achieved, supported employment programs, such as Individual Placement and Support (IPS), can significantly bolster a patient’s opportunity for achieving independence and greater fulfillment through work placement.1,2 New research even suggests that employment can accelerate clinical and functional improvement.1,2


Unemployment Rate per Age Group3

General Population Adults With Schizophrenia 62% 89% 88% 92% 24% 88% 87% 10% 6% 33% 15-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-66

Unemployment rates among patients with schizophrenia remain staggeringly high3

The unemployment rate among patients with schizophrenia is estimated at approximately 90%.3 Helping patients avoid relapse and achieve sustained clinical remission can dramatically improve employment rates. In a retrospective study of 40 patients with schizophrenia, 100% of relapsed patients were unemployed some or most of the time due to their illness vs just 25% of remitted patients.4

Unemployment rates for schizophrenia patients are consistently high across all age groups vs the general population, highlighting the urgent need for supported employment programs.3


Employment has measurable healing power for patients

Gainful employment has cascading positive effects on patients’ well-being, including their socioeconomic viability, social integration, feelings of self-worth, and independence.1

Moreover, it fulfills schizophrenia patients’ top-stated treatment goal: “To be seen as capable.”2 Research suggests that employment can also improve clinical and social functioning while reducing positive and negative symptoms, depression, and risk of hospitalization.1 Although concerns have been raised about the possibility of competitive employment increasing patients’ anxiety and depression levels, the opposite appears to be true.1

Patients who return to work tend to have lower rates of depression and anxiety and remain in remission for longer compared to patients who are out of work.1


Post-psychotic adjustment is a multiphased process that takes time5

Psychosocial recovery is a measured process, one that Dr. Moller, an expert in psychopharmacology, has spent a career benchmarking. The Milestones of Adjustment Post-Psychosis (MAPP) schizophrenia recovery model that she co-developed helps psychiatrists accurately chart a patient’s psychosocial progress over 4 distinct phases5:

Phase 1: Cognitive Dissonance

—Recognizing the effect of psychosis on functioning

Phase 2: Insight

—Understanding the relation of symptoms to reality

Phase 3: Cognitive Constancy

—Achieving stability in thinking and responding to others

Phase 4: Ordinariness

—Performing activities of daily living as others do

The ultimate milestone for patients is to complete normal activities of daily living that are reflective of their pre-psychosis functioning.

Teva is committed to providing education and enhancing care for everyone living with schizophrenia.

The SCZ Now initiative was created to help support this educational effort.