Journal article

Cannabis use disorders and age at onset of psychosis in 606 patients with first episode psychosis

B Schimmelmann, S Kupferschmid, P Conus, S Cotton, P McGorry, M Lambert

European Psychiatry | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2011

Abstract

BackgroundAge at onset of psychosis (AAO) may be younger in patients with cannabis use disorders (CUD) compared to those without CUD (NCUD). Most previous studies did not control for potential confounders, did not report effect sizes and included mostly adult patients from non-representative samples.MethodsControlling for relevant confounders, differences in AAO between patients with and without lifetime CUD were analysed in a large epidemiologically based cohort of 606 first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients (age 14 to 29 years) admitted within three years to the Melbourne Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre. Data were collected from medical files using a standardized scale.Re..

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