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Treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis in a real-world setting

  • Darryl Wade (a1), Susy Harrigan (a2), Meredith G. Harris (a3), Jane Edwards (a4) and Patrick D. McGorry (a5)...
Abstract
Aims and Method

The aim of the study was to examine treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre. Information regarding treatment was collected from file notes for all patients (n=112). For a subsample of patients (n=68), remission of positive psychotic symptoms was assessed using standardised ratings at 3-month follow-up.

Results

Treatment provided was largely in accordance with recommended treatment strategies. The majority (72%) of patients achieved rapid remission of positive symptoms.

Clinical Implications

Restrictive practices other than in-patient admission, such as in-patient seclusion, police transport or a community treatment order, can be minimised. The use of low-dose antipsychotic medication is an effective treatment strategy for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis.

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Treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis in a real-world setting

  • Darryl Wade (a1), Susy Harrigan (a2), Meredith G. Harris (a3), Jane Edwards (a4) and Patrick D. McGorry (a5)...
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