New measure of broad psychopathology can predict future care requirement

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden show that different measures of psychopathology can be combined into a single factor, ‘p’, which predicts the patient’s prognosis and need of extra support. The general factor of psychopathology reflects the overall risk of adverse psychiatric outcomes with an accuracy equal to that currently used for intelligence, they report in a paper published in World Psychiatry.