Journal article

Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre long-term follow-up study of first-episode psychosis: methodology and baseline characteristics

Lisa P Henry, Meredith G Harris, G Paul Amminger, Hok Pan Yuen, Susy M Harrigan, Martin Lambert, Philippe Conus, Orli Schwartz, Amy Prosser, Simone Farrelly, Rosemary Purcell, Helen Herrman, Henry J Jackson, Patrick D McGorry



AIM: This paper reports the rationale, methodology and baseline characteristics of a large long-term follow-up study of first-episode psychosis from a geographically defined catchment area. METHOD: A total of 723 first-episode psychosis patients were recruited from a specialized early psychosis service between 1989 and 2001 and prospectively followed up at a median of 7.4 years after initial presentation. Participants' baseline demographic, clinical and functional characteristics are described. Sampling bias at study recruitment was assessed by comparison with a more complete sample of Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) cases rated directly from the medical records. R..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a series of grants from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, together with generous funding from the Colonial Foundation to the ORYGEN Research Centre. The authors acknowledge the support of Associate Professor Jane Edwards, Dr Paddy Power, Dr Dennis Velakoulis and Professor Christos Pantelis, and particularly wish to thank all of the young people and family members who took part in the study, and the dedicated research team who conducted the interviews.