Journal article

Diagnostic stability 18 months after treatment initiation for first-episode psychosis

BG Schimmelmann, P Conus, J Edwards, PD McGorry, M Lambert

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY | PHYSICIANS POSTGRADUATE PRESS | Published : 2005

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: (1) Assessment of diagnostic stability of psychotic disorders or psychotic mood disorders from 6 weeks to 18 months after initiation of treatment in a representative first-episode psychosis (FEP) sample. (2) Comparison between those patients who shifted from DSM-IV schizophreniform disorder to schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorder and those whose diagnosis of schizophreniform disorder remained stable. METHOD: The Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) in Australia admitted 786 FEP patients from January 1998 to December 2000. Data were collected from patients' medical records (MRs) using a standardized questionnaire. Seven hundred four MRs were available, ..

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