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Treatment for the initial acute phase of first-episode psychosis in a real-world setting
journal contributionposted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by D Wade, S Harrigan, M G Harris, Jane Edwards, P D McGorry
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.