Journal article

Intensive case management for high-risk patients with first-episode psychosis: service model and outcomes

Warrick J Brewer, Timothy J Lambert, Katrina Witt, John Dileo, Cameron Duff, Carol Crlenjak, Patrick D McGorry, Brendan P Murphy

LANCET PSYCHIATRY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The first episode of psychosis is a crucial period when early intervention can alter the trajectory of the young person's ongoing mental health and general functioning. After an investigation into completed suicides in the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) programme, the intensive case management subprogramme was developed in 2003 to provide assertive outreach to young people having a first episode of psychosis who are at high risk owing to risk to self or others, disengagement, or suboptimal recovery. We report intensive case management model development, characterise the target cohort, and report on outcomes compared with EPPIC treatment as usual. METHO..

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