Journal article

The need for early intervention for psychosis to persist throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

B O'Donoghue, K O'Connor, A Thompson, P McGorry

IRISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

In the last three decades, early intervention for psychosis (EIP) services have been established worldwide and have resulted in superior symptomatic and functional outcomes for people affected by psychotic disorders. These improved outcomes are a result of reducing delays to treatment and the provision of specialised, holistic interventions. The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to the delivery of these services, such as undetected cases or long delays to treatment. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely increase the mental health needs of communities, including the incidence of psychotic disorders. In this perspective piece, we provide suggestions as to how EIP services..

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