Journal article

Community Treatment Order: Identifying the need for more evidence based justification of its use in first episode psychosis patients

Stephane Morandi, Philippe Golay, Martin Lambert, Benno G Schimmelmann, Patrick D McGorry, Sue M Cotton, Philippe Conus

Schizophrenia Research | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Community Treatment Order (CTO) is a legal regime that obliges patients suffering mental disorder to adhere to treatment in the community and allows for a swift admission to hospital if necessary. Study aims were to: (i) determine CTO frequency in a large representative sample of first episode psychosis (FEP) patients; (ii) compare the characteristics of patients with or without CTO before entry, during treatment and at discharge from an early psychosis program. METHODS: Information on 660 patients treated at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) between 1998 and 2000 was collected from medical files. RESULTS: 19.2% of patients were under CTO at least onc..

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