The report 'Schizophrenia. The role of carers in guiding collaboration', which was produced in collaboration with the Institute for Patient Rights and Health Education, was published in 2015. The aim of the publication is to highlight the key concerns of schizophrenia patients and their families.

Publication highlights:

  • Despite their young age (43 years), the majority (85%) of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are not working and more than half are on a pension.
  • For every 1 patient diagnosed with schizophrenia, there are approximately 10 people in their immediate environment.
  • 81% of patients live with their carer and 72% of carers cover part of the patients' costs, with care taking an average of 34 hours per week (2/3 FTE).
  • The costs incurred by the Social Insurance Institution for schizophrenia amounted to more than PLN 1.11 billion in 2014. The illness is also a burden on the patient's entire family.