Effect of an early detection programme on duration of untreated psychosis: Part of the Scandinavian TIPS study

Svein Friis*, Per Vaglum, Ulrik Haahr, Jan Olav Johannessen, Tor K. Larsen, Ingrid Melle, Stein Opjordsmoen, Bjørn Risovd Rund, Erik Simonsen, Thomas H. McGlashan

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    Abstract

    Background: It is unclear whether an early detection programme increases or decreases the number of patients with a long duration of untreated psychosis (DUP), and whether these differ from other patients with a long DUP. Aims: To investigate whether the number and characteristics of patients with a long DUP in the early detection programme differ from those with a long DUP in the non-early detection programme. Method: We compared the number and characteristics of patients with a DUP ≥ 2 years in an early detection area and a non-early detection area. Results: The early detection programme recruited slightly fewer patients with a long DUP than the non-early detection programme. The patients in the early detection programme had lower PANSS scores, but more frequently had a deteriorating course of premorbid social functioning. Conclusions: An early detection programme does not seem to drain a pool of previously undetected patients with a long DUP. The patients in the early detection programme seem to have a lower symptom level at baseline and to have had a deteriorating premorbid social course.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)s29-s32
    TidsskriftBritish Journal of Psychiatry
    Vol/bind187
    Udgave nummerSUPPL. 48
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - aug. 2005

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