Antipsychotic Medication In First-Episode Psychosis: An Rct To Assess The Risk-Benefit Ratio

Grant number: 1064704 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018

Completed

Abstract

There has been an increasing emphasis on intervening early in psychotic disorders. A fundamental principle in early intervention is “to do no harm” and benefits must outweigh the risks of treatment. While antipsychotic medication is very effective and evidence-based form of treatment for positive symptoms in most first episode psychosis (FEP) patients it has risks. This study has the potential to determine whether antipsychotic medication should be the initial treatment option for FEP.