Journal article

Treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis in a real-world setting

D Wade, S Harrigan, MG Harris, J Edwards, PD McGorry

Psychiatric Bulletin | Published : 2006

Abstract

Aims and MethodThe aim of the study was to examine treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre. Information regarding treatment was collected from file notes for all patients (n=112). For a subsample of patients (n=68), remission of positive psychotic symptoms was assessed using standardised ratings at 3-month follow-up.ResultsTreatment provided was largely in accordance with recommended treatment strategies. The majority (72%) of patients achieved rapid remission of positive symptoms.Clinical ImplicationsRestrictive practices other than in-patient admission, such as in-patient seclusion, police transport or a com..

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