Journal article

Prolonged duration of untreated psychosis: a problem that needs addressing

Jack Cotter, Elisabeth Zabel, Paul French, Alison R Yung

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

AIM: The duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) refers to the period of time between the emergence of psychotic symptoms and the initiation of appropriate clinical treatment. Prolonged DUP is associated with a range of adverse consequences, including more severe illness course, cognitive deficits and poor functioning. Problems with recognition of illness and in seeking help contribute to DUP, but another major cause of prolonged DUP is delays within secondary mental health services. In an attempt to reduce these delays, National Health Service England and the Department of Health have set new targets to improve access to early intervention services which will come into effect in April 2016. G..

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