Treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis in a real-world setting

Darryl Wade, Susy Harrigan, Meredith G. Harris, Jane Edwards, Patrick D. McGorry

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Aims and method: The aim of the study was to examine treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre. Information regarding treatment was collected from file notes for all patients (n=112). For a subsample of patients (n=68), remission of positive psychotic symptoms was assessed using standardised ratings at 3- month follow-up. Results: Treatment provided was largely in accordance with recommended treatment strategies. The majority (72%) of patients achieved rapid remission of positive symptoms. Clinical implications: Restrictive practices other than in-patient admission, such as in-patient seclusion, police transport or a community treatment order, can be minimised. The use of low-dose antipsychotic medication is an effective treatment strategy for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatric Bulletin
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

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