Duration of early intervention for psychosis: 2 years versus 3 years
EYH Chen1,2, WC Chang1,2, CLM Hui1, SKW Chan1,2, EHM Lee1, GHY Wong3
1 Department of Psychiatry, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
2 State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
3 Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
1. The beneficial therapeutic gains on functional and symptom outcomes attained by an additional year of early intervention for first-episode psychosis patients could not be sustained 2 years after service withdrawal.
2. An apparent lack of efficacy of extended early intervention on maintaining better illness outcomes might be attributable to multiple factors that were not addressed by the current study and thus warrant further investigation to clarify which treatment elements might be critical in enhancing durability of early intervention for psychosis.