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Early intervention in psychosis service and psychiatric admissions

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Guy Dodgson, Dr Caroline Pickering, Alison Brabban, Dr Roger Paxton


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Aims and method: To investigate the effects of a standard National Health Service early intervention in psychosis service on bed days and engagement with services. We conducted a naturalistic before-and-after study comparing outcomes of individuals who received treatment from the service (n=75) with outcomes of individuals who presented to mental health services before the early intervention service was established and received treatment as usual (n=114). Results: People treated by the early intervention in psychosis service had significantly fewer admissions (P<0.001), readmissions (P<0.001), total bed days (P<0.01) and better engagement with services (P<0.05). Clinical implications: An early intervention in psychosis service compliant with current British mental health policy led to reduced use of psychiatric bed days confirming recent findings elsewhere. This leads to major financial savings, easily justifying the initial cost of investment in the service.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dodgson G, Crebbin K, Pickering C, Mitford E, Brabban A, Paxton R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Psychiatric Bulletin

Year: 2008

Volume: 32

Issue: 11

Pages: 413-416

Print publication date: 01/11/2008

ISSN (print): 0955-6036

Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists


DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.107.017442


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