Journal article

The prognostic value of formal thought disorder following first episode psychosis

Eric Roche, John Lyne, Brian O'Donoghue, Ricardo Segurado, Caragh Behan, Laoise Renwick, Felicity Fanning, Kevin Madigan, Mary Clarke

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Formal thought disorder (FTD) is associated with poor outcome in established psychotic illnesses and it can be assessed as a categorical or dimensional variable. However, its influence on functional outcome and hospitalisation patterns in early psychosis has not been investigated. We evaluated the relationship between FTD and these outcomes in a first episode psychosis (FEP) sample. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A mixed diagnostic FEP cohort was recruited through an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service in Ireland. Participants were assessed at initial presentation and one year later with the MIRECC GAF to evaluate social and occupational functioning domains. Disorganisation (disFTD),..

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