Journal article

The Impact of Smoking on Clinical Outcomes After First Episode Psychosis: Longer-Term Outcome Findings From the EPPIC 800 Follow-Up Study

Michael Berk, Lisa P Henry, Kathryn S Elkins, Susy M Harrigan, Meredith G Harris, Helen Herrman, Henry J Jackson, Patrick D McGorry

Journal of Dual Diagnosis | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

Objective: This study aims to investigate the impact of tobacco smoking on longer-term outcomes following a first episode of psychosis. Methods: Data on 193 individuals were collected as part of a prospective follow-up visit of a cohort of patients after a mean of 7.5 years (SD = 0.8) after first treatment presentation. Primary outcome measures were positive and negative psychotic symptoms, depressive symptoms, quality of life, and global functioning at the 7.5 year follow-up. Results: Using unadjusted analyses, smoking status was linked to male gender, longer duration of untreated psychosis, more problem illicit drug use, and problem alcohol use. After adjustment for these potential confoun..

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