Special interventions designed for people in early psychosis can significantly reduce patient mortality, according to a new Canadian study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).
Their findings are published online in The American Journal of Psychiatry.
“An episode of psychosis is characterized by delusions and hallucinations, as well as disorganized thought and behaviour patterns,” said Dr. Kelly Anderson, lead researcher of the study, scientist at Lawson and ICES, and an assistant professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
“Evidence shows that early treatment of psychosis, from the first symptoms or episode, is very important in improving long-term outcomes.”
For the study, the researchers analyzed health administrative data for patients treated between 1997 and 2013 at the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) at London Health Sciences Centre.