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Delays in mental health services and duration of untreated psychosis

  • Kat Brunet (a1), Max Birchwood (a1), Helen Lester (a2) and Kate Thornhill (a1)
Abstract
AIMS AND METHOD

To dissect duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) into three components: help-seeking delay, referral delay and delay in mental health services, all mental health services in a defined geographical region were screened over a period of 1 year. All cases of first-episode psychosis without a primary mood disorder were identified (n=55).

RESULTS

The median delay within secondary services was over seven times the delay in the referral pathway. The mean delay in mental health services accounted for 35% of overall DUP.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS

Intervention is required in secondary as well as primary care services if DUP is to be reduced.

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Early Detection and Intervention Team, 1 Miller Street, Aston, Birmingham B6 4NH, email: k.brunet@bham.ac.uk
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Delays in mental health services and duration of untreated psychosis

  • Kat Brunet (a1), Max Birchwood (a1), Helen Lester (a2) and Kate Thornhill (a1)
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