International Journal of Mental Health & PsychiatryISSN: 2471-4372

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Review Article, Int J Ment Health Psychiatry Vol: 1 Issue: 2

Schizophrenia Research in Saudi Arabia: Appraisal and Perspectives

Mohammed Rizwan1*, Rashad Al Sunosy2 and Ayesha Alvi3
1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3Substance Abuse Research Centre, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Corresponding author : Dr. Mohammed Rizwan
Assistant professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Nursing PO Box-2914, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Tel: 00966-73174383
Received: August 24, 2015 Accepted: September 29, 2015 Published: October 03, 2015
Citation: Rizwan M, Al Sunosy R, Alvi A (2015) Schizophrenia Research in Saudi Arabia: Appraisal and Perspectives. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry 1:2. doi:10.4172/2471-4372.1000107


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is the largest Arab state lying in west Asia. It has an organized health care system with a wide network of health clinics, with special hospitals to cater mental disorders including schizophrenia. Research on schizophrenia in KSA is scanty and covers limited aspects of the disease there is no known epidemiological data on the prevalence of schizophrenia in the kingdom.

This concept review summarizes the research studies carried out in Saudi Arabia retrieved from Pub Med and some local journals on schizophrenia. It also suggest the priority areas in schizophrenia research with special reference to Saudi population in domain such as molecular and genetic aspects, consanguinity and its impact on transmission dynamics of schizophrenia, Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS), quality of life in schizophrenia, role of religion effecting the quality of life of schizophrenia patients and their relatives.

Keywords: Schizophrenia research; Saudi Arabia; Molecular and genetic aspects; Consanguinity; Quality of life in schizophrenia patients

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