Friday, August 5, 2011

Loss of Insurance Common in Early Psychosis

Loss of insurance is a frequent occurrence for individuals experiencing early psychosis, according to a report in the August issue of Psychiatric Services. Among 31 patients enrolled in a special community program for early psychosis who had public or private insurance at baseline, just 14 maintained continuous coverage for a full year.

This finding is troubling because recent research indicates that reducing the duration of untreated acute psychosis is critical to long-term outcome, so loss of insurance—which can mean delay or discontinuation of treatmentcan be devastating.

Read a full report of the study at, and further coverage of the study will appear in an upcoming issue of Psychiatric News.

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