The intervention provided was the Family-aided Assertive Community Treatment (FACT), a mix of psychoeducational multifamily group treatment, assertive community treatment, and supported employment and education, wrote William McFarlane, M.D., of the Maine Medical Center, and colleagues online in Psychiatric Services in Advance.
Based on data from 148 individuals, there were 29.7 fewer first hospitalizations per year over the course of the study, compared with the two years before the start of the study. The mean annual rates of first admissions dropped by 26 percent in Portland but rose by a (nonsignificant) 8 percent in the control areas. “In addition, in the Greater Portland area the rate of first hospital admission for psychosis was inversely correlated with PIER intakes, suggesting that changes in the admission rate were largely associated with the intervention program,” concluded the authors. “The approach shows promise in reducing the tremendous personal, social, and economic burdens imposed by psychotic disorders.”
For more in Psychiatric News about early intervention in psychosis, see the articles, “Maryland Undertakes Ambitious Effort at Early ID of Psychosis” and "Expert Says Early Identification of Psychosis Should Be Priority."
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