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Ecological monitoring of physical activity, emotions and daily life activities in schizophrenia: the DiAPAson study
  1. Cristina Zarbo1,
  2. Matteo Rota2,
  3. Stefano Calza2,
  4. Scott E Crouter3,
  5. Ulf Ekelund4,5,
  6. Stefano Barlati6,
  7. Riccardo Bussi7,
  8. Massimo Clerici8,
  9. Roberto Placenti9,
  10. Giuseppina Paulillo10,
  11. Silvia Pogliaghi11,
  12. Matteo Rocchetti12,
  13. Mirella Ruggeri13,
  14. Fabrizio Starace14,
  15. Stefano Zanolini15,
  16. Manuel Zamparini16,
  17. Giovanni de Girolamo16
  18. DiAPAson Collaborators
    1. 1Department of Psychology, University of Milan-Bicocca, Milano, Italy
    2. 2Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
    3. 3Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
    4. 4Department of Chronic Diseases and Ageing, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
    5. 5Department of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway
    6. 6Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
    7. 7Centro Sant'Ambrogio-Fatebenefratelli, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Italy
    8. 8Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milan-Bicocca, Monza, Italy
    9. 9Centro Sacro Cuore di Gesù Fatebenefratelli, San Colombano al Lambro, Italy
    10. 10Department of Mental Health and Pathological Addiction, Azienda USL di Parma, Parma, Italy
    11. 11Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
    12. 12Department of Mental Health, ASST di Pavia, Pavia, Italy
    13. 13Department of Psychiatry, Verona Hospital Trust, AOUI, Verona, Italy
    14. 14Department of Mental Health and Dependence, AUSL Modena, Modena, Italy
    15. 15Department of Mental Health and Dependence, Azienda ULSS 8 Berica, Vicenza, Italy
    16. 16Unit of Epidemiological and Evaluation Psychiatry, IRCCS Istituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia, Italy
    1. Correspondence to Dr Giovanni de Girolamo, UOPEV, IRCCS Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia, Italy; gdegirolamo{at}


    Background Schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) compromise psychosocial functioning, including daily time use, emotional expression and physical activity (PA).

    Objective We performed a cohort study aimed at investigating: (1) the differences in PA, daily activities and emotions between patients with SSD and healthy controls (HC); (2) the strength of the association between these variables and clinical features among patients with SSD.

    Methods Ninety-nine patients with SSD (53 residential patients, 46 outpatients) and 111 matched HC were assessed for several clinical variables, and levels of functioning by means of standardised clinical measures. Self-reported daily activities and emotions were assessed with a smartphone application for ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and PA levels were assessed with a wearable accelerometer for 7 consecutive days.


    Patients with SSD, especially those living in residential facilities, spent more time being sedentary, and self-reported more sedentary and self-care activities, experiencing higher levels of negative emotions compared with HC. Moreover, higher functioning levels among patients were associated with more time spent in moderate-to-vigorous activity.

    Conclusions Sedentary behaviour and negative emotions are particularly critical among patients with SSD and are associated with more impaired clinical outcomes.

    Clinical implications Mobile-EMA and wearable sensors are useful for monitoring the daily life of patients with SSD and the level of PA. This population needs to be targeted with specific rehabilitative programmes aimed at improving their commitment to structured daily activities.

    • schizophrenia & psychotic disorders
    • adult psychiatry

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    • Previous studies in this area have generally found that patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) spend a substantial proportion of daily time, often exceeding 50%, being sedentary and doing very few activities.

    • Some studies have used accelerometer-based biosensors as valid methodologies for the assessment and monitoring of physical activity (PA) outcomes in this population, and have shown that patients with SSD have reduced levels of PA.


    • Previous studies have never concurrently investigated differences in PA, daily time use and emotions between patients with SSD living in different treatment settings (outpatient and residential settings) and in comparison with healthy individuals.

    • We found that patients with SSD had lower PA levels compared with healthy controls, and these levels were associated with clinically relevant psychiatric outcomes.

    • We found the patients with SSD spend less time in working activities and experience more negative emotions than healthy controls.

    • We also found relevant differences in daily time use, PA and emotions between outpatients and residential patients, and this highlights the importance of treatment setting when evaluating the daily life of people with severe mental disorders.


    • Given the demonstrated relationship between sedentariness and a variety of physical comorbidities, the use of wearable biosensors and EMA to obtain a fine-grained picture of patients’ daily life may be feasible in ordinary clinical practice and improve our multidimensional assessment of patients’ lives.

    • Moreover, programmes implemented in residential facilities should be more intensive and make sure that patients spend more time engaged in a variety of activities.


    Patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD) often show marked impairments in daily time functioning,1 with adverse consequences for prognosis, number of medical comorbidities and mortality rates.2 However, despite the importance assigned to the daily time use of patients with SSD, most studies have mainly collected self-reported retrospective data. The use of retrospective self-reports in patients with severe mental disorders is prone to errors related to recall bias and to potentially impaired cognitive capacities.3

    The integration of innovative methodologies (eg, ecological momentary assessment (EMA)) and wearable devices like accelerometer-based biosensors in research and clinical practice with individuals with SSD is promising. These tools reduce biases, provide longitudinal, objective and time-resolved ecologically valid data (ie, a fine-grained picture of patients’ experiences in their natural contexts), and capture the variability over time and the dynamic patterns of reactivity to the environment.4 In the last few decades, EMA has been used with patients with SSD for the evaluation of daily emotions or symptomatology, but only a few have used this methodology to assess daily life activities.5–8 These studies have generally found that patients with SSD spend more than half (ie, 52%) of the day being inactive/doing nothing,9 and most activities are performed sitting or lying down.8 Furthermore, inactivity time is usually higher in patients with SSD when compared with healthy controls.5 6

    Some studies have used accelerometer-based biosensors for the monitoring of physical activity (PA) in this population.10–13 PA refers to any bodily movement that requires energy expenditure and engages the muscles. It encompasses a wide range of activities, such as walking, running, cycling, swimming, dancing, playing sports and engaging in structured exercise routines.14 On the contrary, sedentary behaviour refers to activities involving low energy expenditure characterised by sitting, reclining or lying down while engaging in activities such as watching television, working on a computer, using electronic devices or reading.15 A recent meta-analysis found that individuals with SSD spend a mean of 80.4 min in light PA, 47.1 min in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) and 1.05 min in vigorous PA per day1 and usually show lower MVPA levels compared with healthy controls.1 12 Moreover, lower PA and sedentary behaviour are associated with greater severity of positive symptoms, worse cognitive functioning, illness chronicity, higher antipsychotic dose and poorer quality of life, higher medical comorbidities and increased mortality rates.2 16

    However, very few studies have monitored patients with SSD with both EMA and wearable accelerometers.10 17 18 Only two of them, with very small samples, have investigated the association between ecological indexes and psychiatric functioning and severity10 18 and, to the best of our knowledge, no studies have included healthy control participants. More importantly, none of them has considered the treatment setting (ie, residential facilities (RFs) or ambulatory), which is likely to influence both PA and daily activities (eg, in RFs, the presence of a structured day schedule, the continuous interaction with health workers, the joint management of the facilities for cleaning, cooking, etc, may solicit a more intensive daily activity regime).


    In the ‘DAily time use, Physical Activity, quality of care and interpersonal relationships in patients with Schizophrenia spectrum disorders’ (DiAPAson) project,19 we have studied different topics, including the quality of RFs in Italy,20 the associations between time perspective, daily time use and levels of functioning among patients with SSD,21 the prescription of antipsychotic medications and its relationship with PA,22 the care needs of patients with SSD and its association with daily activities and mood monitored using the EMA,23 the sleep-wake patterns24, and the adherence rate to EMA and accelerometer25 26 and predictors of EMA adherence.26

    The aims of this paper were: (1) to identify possible differences in the amount of PA levels, the frequency of daily activities and the intensity of emotions between residential patients and outpatients with SSD, and healthy controls; and (2) to examine the magnitude of the associations between psychiatric severity/levels of functioning and PA levels, daily activities and emotions in patients with SSD, controlling for age, number of antipsychotic medications, disability level, number of cigarettes and season of measurement. We hypothesised that patients with SSD living in RFs would do more PA (assessed with accelerometer) and would do more self-reported working activities than outpatients, since they live in a highly structured environment and are continuously under staff supervision. We also hypothesised that all patients with SSD, regardless of the treatment setting, would report more negative emotions, as assessed with EMA, than healthy controls. Finally, we expected that more impaired daily functioning would be associated with poorer clinical outcomes.


    Study setting

    This cohort study was conducted in a subsample of sites involved in the Italian national DiAPAson project19: these include seven Departments of Mental Health (DMHs), one clinical research centre (IRCCS) and two RFs. DMHs recruited both outpatients and residential patients, while RFs only recruited residential patients.

    Eligibility criteria and recruitment

    From October 2020 to October 2021, 137 eligible patients (79 residential patients, 58 outpatients) and 113 healthy controls (matched for age and sex) were initially recruited at the 10 participating centres for ecological monitoring. Inclusion and exclusion criteria are reported in online supplemental materials. Online supplemental figure 1S shows in detail the sampling selection process. To ensure a balanced comparison, healthy controls were sampled using a combination of public advertisements and snowball sampling techniques and matched with the clinical sample based on sex and age group, defined as: 20–24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39, 40–44, 45–49 and 50–55 years of age. Sample size calculation has been thoroughly described in the study protocol.19

    Outpatients were community-dwelling patients with SSD who were approached consecutively at the outpatient units for potential participation until the recruitment target was achieved. Residential patients were recruited by means of an alphabetical list of patients with SSD present on an index-day; based on this list, residential patients were consecutively invited to participate in the study.

    Participants were provided with detailed information about the study and had an opportunity to ask questions. Some of the assessment tools were completed by the treating clinician, while research assistants (RAs) helped the participants complete self-reported questionnaires if needed. Standardised clinical measures were used to collect clinical data to minimise methodological biases (see section "Measures"). The ecological monitoring was preceded by a briefing session in which the RA gave instructions about the procedures and how to effectively perform them, and was followed by a debriefing section in which the same RA collected information on study acceptability and feasibility.25 During the debriefing session, outpatients and healthy controls received €25 for travel expense reimbursement.


    Sociodemographic, physical and clinical assessments

    For each recruited participant, sociodemographic details (see table 1 for a list) were gathered. Psychiatric history of patients was assessed using a structured ad hoc survey aimed at collecting information on the current diagnosis, illness duration and lifetime duration of psychiatric hospitalisations. The Charlson Comorbidity Index27 was used for the assessment of physical comorbidities of participants. The 24-item Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)28 was used to assess psychopathology. Negative symptoms severity was assessed with the Brief Negative Symptom Scale (BNSS).29 The 43-item Specific Levels of Functioning Scale (SLOF)30 was used for the assessment of levels of functioning. The WHO Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0) was used for the assessment of disability level.

    Table 1

    Sociodemographic characteristics of residential patients, outpatients and healthy controls

    Assessment of daily time use and emotions

    Self-reported daily time use (i.e., daily activities) and emotions were prospectively assessed with a brief questionnaire on a smartphone-based application for EMA, developed ad hoc for the project. The mobile application included three sections: current activities, social contacts and emotions. EMA emotions were chosen from an official ‘Experience Sampling Method Item Repository’ (, which provides detailed info (including psychometric information) about all items used in different EMA studies. Notifications occurred 8 times a day, from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., for seven consecutive days. Details about the EMA study are provided in the online supplemental tables 1S and 7S.

    Assessment of physical activity and data processing

    PA was monitored using the wearable accelerometer-based biosensor ActiGraph GT9X Link ( The ActiGraph was worn on the non-dominant wrist for seven consecutive days (the same days for the EMA monitoring). See online supplemental materials for detailed information on ActiGraph’s data processing.

    Statistical analyses

    Data were summarised using mean and SD, median and IQR for quantitative variables, counts and percentages for qualitative ones.

    Comparisons of sociodemographic and clinical variables across residential patients, outpatients and control participants were carried out through the χ2 test for categorical variables and the analysis of variance test for continuous variables..

    The 15 daily time use categories were first grouped into 6 categories as follows: sedentary activities (staying sick in bed, thinking, resting and doing nothing), working activities (studying/attending training courses, cleaning, cooking, tidying up the house or car, shopping, taking care of someone or something and voluntary work), leisure activities (hobbies, watching TV or listening to the radio), PA (doing sports or PA/walking), self-care (self-caring and eating/drinking/having breakfast or snack) and religious activities. Then, data on daily time use were synthesised in terms of the daily average number of times each activity was done and compared across the three groups through a Generalised Linear Mixed Model with Poisson distribution after adjusting for smoking and seasonality. Results were reported in terms of rate ratios (RRs) with their 95% CIs.

    Positive and negative emotions were computed by averaging positive (happy, relaxed, quiet and full of energy) and negative (sad, tired and nervous) emotions, respectively, and synthesised in terms of the daily average of positive and negative emotions on a 0–100 scale. Similar to daily time use, emotions ratings were compared across participant groups through a Linear Mixed Model with a random intercept (patient) after adjusting for smoke and seasonality. Results were reported in terms of estimated mean differences with corresponding 95% CIs. Additional details about statistical analyses can be found in the online supplemental file. All analyses were performed with R V.4.3.0.


    The final sample included 53 residential patients, 46 outpatients and 111 healthy controls who replied to at least 70% of the EMA notifications and who wore the accelerometer for at least 10 hours for 4 valid days (see online supplemental figure 1S for more details on sampling selection).

    Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics

    Table 1 shows the main sociodemographic characteristics of the three groups. Table 2 shows the clinical characteristics of the patients’ sample. When compared with outpatients, residential patients reported significantly higher illness duration (p=0.017), lifetime duration of psychiatric hospitalisation (p<0.001), BPRS score (p<0.001), BNSS score (p=0.011) and lower levels of functioning (p<0.001); they also received a significantly higher mean number of antipsychotic medications (p<0.001).

    Table 2

    Clinical characteristics of residential patients and outpatients

    Between-group differences in self-reported daily activities

    The three groups significantly differed in daily time spent in sedentary activities, working activities and self-care activities (table 3), even controlling for the number of cigarettes per day and season. Indeed, residential patients were significantly less engaged in working activities when compared with both outpatients (RR 0.41 (95% CI 0.23 to 0.73); p<0.001) and healthy controls (RR 0.25 (95% CI 0.13 to 0.46); p<0.001). In addition, healthy controls were significantly less engaged in sedentary activities when compared with both outpatients (RR 1.78 (95% CI 1.00 to 3.17); p= 0.048) and residential patients (2.50 (95% CI 1.47 to 4.23); p<0.001). Finally, residential patients spent more time in self-care activities than healthy controls (RR 1.63 (95% CI 1.09 to 2.43); p=0.0014). No differences were found between residential patients and outpatients regarding time spent in sedentary activities, working activities and self-care activities. See online supplemental table 6S for details about the differences in the 15 daily activities between the 3 groups.

    Table 3

    Between-group differences for self-reported daily activities and emotions assessed with EMA*

    Between-group differences for self-reported emotions ratings

    Controlling for the number of cigarettes per day and season, we found no differences in average ratings of positive emotions between the three groups, while residential patients showed a higher negative emotions intensity when compared with both outpatients (mean difference 6.12 points (95% CI 0.13 to 12.11); p=0.04) and healthy controls (mean difference 7.38 points (95% CI 2.42 to 12.34); p=0.0015). Outpatients and healthy controls did not differ in terms of negative emotions intensity (table 3).

    Between-group differences for device-measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour

    The three groups significantly differed for all activity levels (both min/day and %) (figure 1 and online supplemental table 3S and figure 2S), with healthy controls showing higher PA levels than the two patient groups, even controlling for daily % of wearing time, the number of cigarettes per day and season. Time spent in different PA levels are expressed in mean min/day.

    Figure 1

    Light physical activity (A) and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) (B) pattern in the three groups during a week.

    Sedentary time was significantly higher in residential patients compared with both outpatients and healthy controls (respectively RR 1.16 (95% CI 1.10 to 1.23); p<0.001); RR 1.15 (95% CI 1.15 to 1.28); p<0.001). Outpatients and healthy controls did not differ from each other for time spent sedentary (RR 1.04 (95% CI 0.99 to 1.10); p=0.10). When expressed in relative terms, the sedentary time represented 48%–51% of total wake time in patient groups, which was also a significantly larger fraction compared with healthy controls (i.e., 40%).

    MVPA was significantly higher in healthy controls (91.3 mean min/day) than in both outpatients (64.1 mean min/day) and residential patients (44.6 mean min/day). Outpatients spent a significantly larger fraction of time doing MVPA per day compared with residential patients (RR 0.70 (95% CI 0.53 to 0.92); p= 0.01) and lower time when compared with healthy controls (RR 0.70 (95% CI 0.55 to 0.90); p= 0.004).

    Online supplemental tables 4S and 5S show the comparison of activity levels (both min/day and %) in the three groups divided respectively by weekdays and weekends. The findings remained stable even after checking for weekdays/weekends separately, except for two results. First, we found a significant difference between outpatients and healthy controls in levels of sedentary time (RR 1.11 (95% CI 1.02 to 1.21); p=0.01) only during weekends. Second, the difference in MVPA levels found between residential patients and outpatients disappears if we look only at weekend days (RR 0.76 (95% CI 0.56 to 1.02); p=0.06).

    Association between ecological indexes and clinical outcomes

    Table 4 shows the results of the association between ecological indexes and clinical outcomes. MVPA was significantly associated only with the SLOF scale, with an increase of 4.95 points (95% CI 0.46 to 10.11) for 60 min/day of MVPA. The amount of self-reported time spent in leisure activities was significantly associated with an increase in the BPRS score (2.07, 95% CI 0.65 to 3.33) and a reduction in SLOF score (−4.01, 95% CI −6.31 to −0.80). No relationships were found between clinical outcomes and intensity of emotions.

    Table 4

    Relationships between ecological indexes and clinical outcomes in patients with SSD*


    This study found significant differences between the two groups of patients with SSD and healthy controls for PA levels, emotions intensity and daily time use. We also found a significant relationship between selected ecological indexes and levels of psychiatric severity/levels of functioning of individuals with SSD.

    Daily time use

    Compared with healthy individuals, patients (especially if living in RFs) were generally engaged for more time in sedentary activities and self-care activities and for a lesser time in working activities. Moreover, time spent in leisure activities was associated with higher psychiatric severity and lower levels of functioning. These results are in line with previous EMA studies which found higher self-reported inactivity time in patients with SSD when compared with healthy controls5 6 and found an association between specific activities (i.e., work activities) and clinical outcomes (ie, hallucinations, self-rated health, mastery and quality of life).31 32

    The marked differences in daily time use between patients with SSD and healthy controls are likely to be at least partly due to the severity and nature of psychiatric symptoms, particularly negative symptoms (eg, those that affect motivation, concentration, organisational and interpersonal skills). Negative symptoms are extremely difficult to treat and they can profoundly compromise the daily functioning of patients with SSD,33 possibly leading to a large amount of time spent doing nothing. These differences may be also due to the higher proportion of patients not working/studying and with a single status, which may be in turn associated with a psychiatric history, lower psychosocial functioning and fewer relationships. In addition, residential patients showed more severe symptomatology and could also be more restricted on where and the types of activities they did, limiting the opportunity to do different activity types.

    Daily emotions

    Patients with SSD living in RFs reported higher intensity of negative emotions if compared with healthy controls; on the contrary, there were no differences in subjectively reported negative emotions between outpatients and healthy controls. The higher degree of negative emotions among residential patients was unrelated to their psychiatric symptoms or levels of functioning. This result is partially in line with a meta-analysis of 12 EMA studies,34 showing that people with SSD consistently report both more negative and less positive emotions than healthy controls; however, in these studies treatment setting was rarely assessed, and was not one of the main variables to be considered. Characteristics of the living environments should be carefully considered whenever the quality of daily emotions is assessed.

    Physical activity

    Patient groups and healthy controls in this study appear to reach the minimum level of PA required to maintain health, that is, 23 min/day of MVPA.35 However, when compared with healthy controls, patients with SSD spent more time in sedentary behaviour—as assessed by the accelerometer—and their PA levels were associated with levels of functioning, especially if living in RF.

    Our results about residential patients are in line with findings of previous studies, which found that patients with SSD spend on average about 45 min/day engaged in MVPA,1 or about 5% of the daytime.36 However, in our study outpatients spent more time engaged in MVPA (i.e., about 64 min/day, 8.5%). This difference enforces the need to do independent analyses based on treatment setting when looking at PA levels of individuals with SSD. Moreover, our findings support studies that found that individuals with SSD have lower PA levels compared with healthy controls and that these levels are associated with clinically relevant psychiatric outcomes (eg, severity of positive symptoms, illness chronicity, higher antipsychotic dose, depression and poorer quality of life).1 12

    The differences in PA levels that we found between patients with SSD and healthy controls may be due to the association with a variety of clinical factors (eg, severe negative symptoms, medication side effects, cognitive and sensory impairments, lack of motivation and energy, cognitive overload, poor education as well as living conditions and environmental factors (eg, stigma and discrimination, lack of supportive social network, limited access to safe spaces, financial constraints, transportation barriers, lack of individualised programmes).37 Addressing these environmental factors and providing targeted support, such as creating safe spaces, offering transportation assistance, providing financial support and designing inclusive and individualised exercise programmes, can help promote PA among individuals with SSD.

    Limitations and strengths

    The study was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this may have affected both the PA monitoring and the evaluation of daily time use and emotions. However, since the recruitment of patients and controls took place at the same time, this change is likely to have affected both study groups. Moreover, SSD diagnoses were based only on medical records because of financial and logistic limitations. The measurement of activity at the wrist usually overestimates PA and can hardly distinguish between sitting and standing. This may raise problems in defining sedentary behaviour, since all PA ≤1.5 MET was counted as sedentary behaviour without considering body position.

    However, this is the first study that assessed PA, daily activities and emotions in patients with SSD in different treatment settings and compared them with healthy controls. This study was performed with a multimethod approach that integrated both self-reported and objective, longitudinal measures for the assessment of targeted ecological indexes. Finally, the involvement of 10 recruitment centres makes our findings and the generalisability of the conclusions stronger.

    Clinical implications

    Rehabilitative programmes implemented in RFs for people with SSD should be improved: many people who live there spend a significant amount of time doing nothing. Staff should be better trained to plan and implement personalised programmes aimed at helping these patients more efficaciously. Programmes of social skills training, structured programmes of PA and interventions to facilitate contact with local communities should be carefully combined to stimulate patients with SSD and improve their subjective well-being and their physical health. The information collected in this study may represent a further step in this direction.

    Data availability statement

    Data are available in a public, open access repository. Dataset referring to this manuscript is published with restricted access on Zenodo platform and accessible at this link:

    Ethics statements

    Patient consent for publication

    Ethics approval

    This study was approved by the Ethical Committees (ECs) of the three main participating centres (IRCCS Istituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, 31 July 2019; no. 211/2019; Area Vasta Emilia Nord, 25 September 2019; no. 0025975/19 and ASST of Pavia, 2 September 2019, no. 20190075685) and by the ECs of all participating sites. Participants gave informed consent to participate in the study before taking part.


    We thank the Italian Ministry of Health for funding this research project. The authors would like to thank the large number of colleagues in Italy who have actively collaborated, listed below by alphabetical order of the location: DMH, ASL Ancona (P D’Elia, S Impicci, M Mari, F M Quintieri); RF Passaggi Srl-Oricola, Aquila (A Bellotta, F Jacoponi, A Maurizi, L Tranquilli); DMH, ASL Bari (V Latorre, G Nappi, D Semisa); DMH, ASST Bergamo Ovest (S Fenaroli, E Monzani); DMH, ASST Spedali Civili Brescia (S Barlati, M Facchi, N Necchini, A Vita); IRCCS Fatebenefratelli, Brescia (G de Girolamo, A Martinelli, G Tura, M Zamparini, C Zarbo); Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia (S Calza, M Rota); RF Centro Ippocrate CRA Macchiareddu, Cagliari (C Lanzi, P Paribello, B Piccicacchi, C Schiavo); Fatebenefratelli Sant’Ambrogio e Sacro Cuore di Gesù, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Milano (R Bussi, D Di Cosimo, G M Giobbio, R Placenti); DMH, ASST Cremona (G Giordano, C Greco, I Rossoni, F Spinogatti); DMH ASST Rhodense, Garbagnate (C Rovera, M Toscano); DMH, ASL 3 Genova (L Ghio, L Lattanzi, D Malagamba, M Tosato); RF CREST ‘La Perla’, Grumello del Monte, Bergamo (L Rancati, S Zizolfi); DMH, ASST Lodi (G Cerveri, C Cibra, V Cuman, E Pionetti); DMH, ASST Melegnano and Martesana, Melegnano (A Di Gregorio, F Durbano, L Fussi, V Masseroni); Fondazione Castellini ONLUS, Melegnano (A Cicceri, A de Giovanni); DMH, AUSL Modena (S Agosta, A de Novellis, F Starace); DMH, ASST Monza (C Calini, M Clerici, R Pessina); DMH, Napoli 2 Nord (A Cucciniello, C D’Anna, M G Foia, M C Miranda); DMH, ASST Pavia (L Casiraghi, P Politi, M Rocchetti, A Silva); RF Fondazione Giuseppe Costantino, Pavia (M Marina, S Panigada, S Riavera); DMH, ASL Pescara (A Cirincione, V Di Michele, F Paolone); DMH, AUSL Parma (E Leuci, G Paulillo, L Pelizza); DMH USL Toscana Centro, Prato (A Baroncelli, G Cardamone, G D'Anna, L Tatini); DMH ASL Roma1 (G Ducci, A Maone, T A Poliseno, B Rufelli); Fatebenefratelli Beata Vergine Consolata, San Maurizio Canavese (M E Boero, E Castagno, F De Dominicis); DMH, ASL Teramo (C Della Croce, P Giosuè); DMH, ASL Città di Torino (F Facchini, G Gallino); RF Progetto Du Parc, Torino (J Orticola, N Rossetto); DMH, APSS Trento (M Goglio, F Lucchi); DMH, ULSS 2 Marca Trevigiana, Treviso (A Brega, R De Marchi, P Di Prisco); RF Le Vele ONLUS, Trezzo sull’Adda e Vaprio d’Adda (E Bonetti, L Colasuonno, A Pozzi, M Roncalli); DMH, ASUGI Trieste (R Mezzina, A Norbedo, A Rippa); DMH, AOUI Verona (E Canova, E Dal Corso, C D’Astore, M Ruggeri); Department of Neurosciences, University of Verona (D Bertorelle, S Pogliaghi); RF CTRP Associazione Don Giuseppe Girelli, Verona (G Ferro, G Gardelli, S Pagani, A Signoretti); DMH ULSS 8 Berica, Vicenza (I Rodolfile, R Tessari, S Zanolini); RF CREST, Vinago (C M Dentali, M Minotto).


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    • Collaborators DiAPAson Collaborators: Carlo Matteo Dentali (RF CREST, Vinago, Varese), Antonio de Novellis (DSMD, AUSL of Modena), Antonina Di Gregorio (DSMD, ASST Melegnano and Martesana, Melegnano), Vittorio Di Michele (DSM, ASL Pescara), Patricia Giosuè (DSM, ASL Teramo), Federico Facchini (DSM, ASL Città di Torino), Carmelo Greco (DSMD, ASST Cremona), Filippo M Jacoponi (RF Passaggi Srl-Oricola, Aquila), Emanuela Leuci (DSMD, AUSL Parma), Fabio Lucchi (DSM, APSS Trento, Rovereto), Daniela Malagamba (DSM, ASL 3 Genova), Emiliano Monzani (DSMD, ASST Bergamo Ovest), Marina Marina (RF Fondazione Giuseppe Costantino, Pavia), Alessandra Martinelli (IRCCS Fatebenefratelli, Brescia; Section of Psychiatry, Verona Hospital Trust, AOUI, Verona), Nicola Necchini (DSMD, ASST Spedali Civili, Brescia), Jessica Orticola (RF Progetto Du Parc, Torino), Rodolfo Pessina (DSMD, ASST Monza), Beatrice Rufelli (DSM, ASL Roma1), Arturo Rippa (DSM, ASUITS Trieste), Lorenzo Tatini (DSM, USL Toscana Centro, Prato), Giambattista Tura (IRCCS Fatebenefratelli, Brescia), Salvatore Zizolfi (RF CREST ‘La Perla’, Grumello del Monte, Bergamo).

    • Contributors CZ: conceptualisation; investigation; methodology; project administration; supervision; visualisation; writing—original draft; writing—review and editing. MR: data curation; formal analysis; methodology; software; visualisation; writing—original draft; writing—review and editing. SC: data curation; formal analysis; methodology; software; visualisation; writing—original draft; writing—review and editing. SEC, UE: conceptualisation; methodology; supervision; writing—review and editing. SB, RB, MC, RP, GP, MR, SZ: investigation; writing—review and editing. SP: conceptualisation; supervision; visualisation; writing—original draft; writing—review and editing. MR: methodology; project administration; supervision; writing—review and editing; funding acquisition. FS: methodology; project administration; supervision; writing—review and editing; funding acquisition. MZ: conceptualisation; data curation; methodology; writing—review and editing. GdG: conceptualisation; methodology; supervision; visualisation; funding acquisition; writing—original draft; writing—review and editing.

      GdG is the responsible for the overall content of the manuscript.

    • Funding The DiAPAson project is funded by the Italian Ministry of Health (Bando per la ricerca Finalizzata 2018: RF-2018-12365514). The Ministry of Health has no role in the analyses and interpretation of study findings.

    • Competing interests No, there are no competing interests.

    • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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