Journal article

Early intervention in first-episode psychosis - The impact of a community development campaign

H Krstev, S Carbone, SM Harrigan, C Curry, K Elkins, PD McGorry

SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Substantial delays in providing access to treatment in first-episode psychosis have been well documented. The present study examines the impact of strategies aimed at improving access and reducing delays. METHOD: A pilot community education campaign was conducted with the aim of reducing the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) in a geographically defined intervention sector located in the northwestern region of Melbourne, Australia. Utilising a quasi-experimental design, a comparison sector with similar demographics was selected from another part of the north-western region. A mobile early detection team and the same treatment system served both sectors. RESULTS: While there was..

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