A naturalistic study of treatment outcomes with aripiprazole in young people with first episode psychosis
Dodd, Seetal, Callaly, Tom, Thampi, Annette, McConnell, Stephen, Hantz, Paul, Goodman, Derek, Kohlmann, Kristy, Vieira da Silva Magalhaes, Pedro and Berk, Michael 2010, A naturalistic study of treatment outcomes with aripiprazole in young people with first episode psychosis, Clinical psychopharmacology and neuroscience, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 105-110.
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Objective: Adequate treatment of a first psychotic episode in young people is a difficult challenge but may be of critical importance for changing the course of psychotic illness. Pharmacotherapy is the standard treatment of psychosis, however there is a paucity of data specific to first-episode psychosis. Methods: In this study 12 young people who presented with a psychotic episode at a specialised early intervention service were commenced on treatment with aripiprazole. They were assessed at baseline and weeks 4, 6, 24 and 48 using a broad battery of outcome measures. Case notes were also examined. Results: Data was available for 6 participants at week 48, and of those, one remained on treatment with Aripiprazole at endpoint. Case histories were typified by presentations that included illicit substance use and treatments characterised by several changes in medications. No single treatment choice predominated. Most participants tolerated treatment and showed symptomatic improvement with individualised therapy. Conclusion: Most participants showed improvement during the treatment period. Aripiprazole was one of many medications used in this study and may have been useful for the treatment of some individuals with first episode psychosis.
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