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When things are not as they seem: Detecting first-episode psychosis upon referral to ultra high risk ('prodromal') clinics
journal contributionposted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Nelson, Alison YungAlison Yung
The current paper examines a neglected function of 'ultra high risk' (UHR) clinics: to detect first-episode psychosis (FEP) mistakenly identified as a prodrome. A clinical audit was conducted of referrals to a UHR service, the Personal Assessment and Crisis Evaluation Clinic, over a 12-month period (April 2005-March 2006). In this audit, 11.4% of the total number of referrals (n = 149) and 11.9% of those who attended a first appointment were psychotic on referral. These figures indicate that a substantial proportion of individuals thought to be prodromal are in fact suffering FEP. UHR clinics minimize duration of untreated psychosis for FEP patients mistaken as prodromal.