Journal article

Assertive outreach for "difficult to engage" patients: A useful tool for a subgroup of patients in specialized early psychosis intervention programs

Luis Alameda, Philippe Golay, Philipp Baumann, Stephane Morandi, Carina Ferrari, Philippe Conus, Charles Bonsack

PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

PURPOSE: Most specialized Early Psychosis (EP) programs include assertive outreach (AO) principles, either for all patients or as an intensive case management (ICM) subprogram in selected situations. The objective of this study is to examine prevalence, characteristics and outcomes of patients who needed additional ICM in a specialized EP program. METHODS: In a 3-year prospective naturalistic study of 229 consecutive EP patients treated at TIPP-Lausanne we compared characteristics of those who needed ICM and those who did not. RESULTS: 60 (26.2%) TIPP patients needed ICM. At baseline, ICM-patients showed a poorer academic premorbid functioning (p=0.019); lower level of insight (p<0.001); had..

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Grants

Awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation


Awarded by National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) "SYNAPSY - The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases" from the Swiss National Science Foundation


Funding Acknowledgements

Swiss National Science Foundation (#320030_122419 to P.C. and KQD); National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) "SYNAPSY - The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases" from the Swiss National Science Foundation (no. 51AU40_125759 to KQD); Avina Foundation.