Patients who received comprehensive specialty care remained in treatment longer, experienced greater improvement in quality of life and psychopathology, and more.
First-episode psychosis patients who participated in a comprehensive, team-based treatment program at community clinics that included a combination of medication and psychosocial support experienced significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life compared with those receiving usual care.
That’s the finding from a landmark study—the NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) initiative—that was published on October 18 in AJP in Advance. Importantly, the study also found that the best results were for patients who had shorter durations of psychosis, underscoring the importance of early intervention.
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