Journal article

Don't turn your back on the symptoms of psychosis: a proof-of-principle, quasi-experimental public health trial to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in Birmingham, UK

Charlotte Connor, Max Birchwood, Colin Palmer, Sunita Channa, Nick Freemantle, Helen Lester, Paul Patterson, Swaran Singh

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Reducing the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) is an aspiration of international guidelines for first episode psychosis; however, public health initiatives have met with mixed results. Systematic reviews suggest that greater focus on the sources of delay within care pathways, (which will vary between healthcare settings) is needed to achieve sustainable reductions in DUP (BJP 198: 256-263; 2011). METHODS/DESIGN: A quasi-experimental trial, comparing a targeted intervention area with a 'detection as usual' area in the same city. A proof-of-principle trial, no a priori assumptions are made regarding effect size; key outcome will be an estimate of the potential effect size for a..

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