Journal article

Early intervention in psychosis: Strengths and limitations of services

BP Murphy, WJ Brewer

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment | Published : 2011

Abstract

SummaryEarly intervention services were established on the basis of a number of fundamental principles, including the notions that intervening in the early stages of psychosis alters illness trajectory and prognosis, that multicomponent interventions promote psychosocial recovery and reduce iatrogenic damage, and that early targeting of non-responders reduces treatment resistance. There is growing evidence of the benefits of specialised early intervention services. These include improved clinical, social and vocational outcomes, reduced in-patient stays and better engagement. Early intervention services can also significantly reduce the risk of a second episode and are highly valued by servi..

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