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Patients', carers' and clinicians' attitudes towards alternative terms to describe the at-risk for psychosis state

Andrea Polari, Rebekah Street, Philippe Conus, Adam Finkelstein, Jessica A Hartmann, Sung-Wan Kim, Patrick McGorry, Carsten Schley, Magenta Simmons, John Stratford, Andrew Thompson, Alison Yung, Barnaby Nelson, Suzie Lavoie



OBJECTIVE: Language used in psychiatry is important because it provides an understandable and accurate way of describing clinical and theoretical concepts. The use of labels in psychiatry has often been associated with stigma and reduced engagement with clinical services. This studys aims were to generate new terms for the 'at-risk mental state' (ARMS) concept and to investigate what young people, their caregivers and clinicians thought about them as well as terms commonly used in early intervention clinics. Another aim was to understand participants preference related to the best timing to introduce the at-risk concept and the extent and context of the information presented. METHODS: New te..

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