Journal article

Prediction of a single psychotic episode: A 7.5-year, prospective study in first-episode psychosis

M Alvarez-Jimenez, JF Gleeson, LP Henry, SM Harrigan, MG Harris, GP Amminger, E Killackey, AR Yung, H Herrman, HJ Jackson, PD McGorry



BACKGROUND: Around 20% of patients who suffer from psychosis will experience a single psychotic episode (SPE), but relatively little is known about the characteristics and predictors for this group of patients. This study sought to: 1) characterise the subgroup of first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients who experienced a SPE over a 7.5-year follow-up; and 2) to identify significant predictors for this subgroup independent of potential confounders. METHODS: A representative sample of 413 FEP patients treated at a specialist early psychosis service were assessed at baseline and followed-up for 7.5 years. Binary logistic regression models were employed to investigate univariate and adjusted asso..

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Awarded by Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Victoria, Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (grant number 91-0084C) Victoria, Australia; the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (grant number 350241) Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; and the Colonial Foundation, Victoria, Australia. The funding bodies had no further role in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.