Temperature regulation

What is temperature regulation?

Changes in the homeostatic regulation of body temperature can involve increased or decreased body temperature in a neutral environment (baseline temperature), altered response to a temperature stimulus (heat or cold stress), changes to the normal differences between morning and nighttime body temperatures (diurnal and circadian variation), variations in the range of typical body temperature changes during the day, and changes to typical differences between core and peripheral body temperatures.

What is the evidence for temperature regulation?

In antipsychotic-free patients, moderate to low quality evidence suggests baseline temperature is reduced, there is less daily variation in temperature, there are differences in variation between peripheral and core temperature, and an altered response to temperature stress when compared to people without schizophrenia.

In mixed groups of antipsychotic-free and medicated patients, moderate to low quality evidence suggests baseline temperature may be increased, circadian rhythms may be altered and there may be increased skin temperature following heat stress stimulus when compared to people without schizophrenia.

July 2019

Last updated at: 6:36 am, 18th July 2019
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