Shortened duration of untreated first episode of psychosis: Changes in patient characteristics at treatment

T. K. Larsen*, T. H. McGlashan, J. O. Johannessen, S. Friis, C. Guldberg, U. Haahr, M. Horneland, I. Melle, L. C. Moe, S. Opjordsmoen, E. Simonsen, P. Vaglum

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Objective: This study examined whether duration of untreated psychosis can be shortened in patients with first episodes of DSM-IV schizophrenia spectrum disorders and whether shorted duration alters patient appearance at treatment. Method: Two study groups were ascertained in the same Norwegian health care sector: one from 1993-1994 with usual detection methods and one from 1997-1998 with early detection strategies that included education about psychosis. Results: Patients with early detection had a shorter median duration of untreated psychosis by 21.5 weeks than patients with usual detection. The number with psychosis was greater in the early detection group; the number with schizophrenia was less. Early detection patients had more substance abuse and were younger, better adjusted premorbidly, and less ill. Conclusions: Early detection can shorten duration of untreated psychosis and help more patients when they are less severely ill. Given the devastation of psychosis, this is a significant treatment advance.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)1917-1919
Antal sider3
TidsskriftAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Vol/bind158
Udgave nummer11
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 24 nov. 2001

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