Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Benefits of Early Intervention for Psychosis Persist at Ten Years

Clinical benefits of early detection of schizophrenia previously seen at two and five years appear to persist into the 10 year after initial diagnosis, according to a report online March 8 in AJP in Advance.

A significantly higher number of individuals who received early intervention for a first-episode psychosis fulfilled recovery criteria than did individuals receiving usual care. Early detection patients were significantly more likely to be employed full-time, one of the most important indicators of recovery.

The 10-year results were from the Treatment and Intervention in Psychosis Study (TIPS), which had previously reported benefits of early detection at two and five years. The report of the study, “Long-term Follow-up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on Ten-Year Outcome,” can be found here. To read more about early intervention in first-episode psychosis, see Psychiatric News here.

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