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Early intervention in psychosis: from clinical intervention to health system implementation

Csillag, Claudio and Nordentoft, Merete and Mizuno, Masafumi and McDaid, David and Arango, Celso and Smith, Jo and Lora, Antonio and Verma, Swapna and di Fiandra, Teresa and Jones, Peter B. (2017) Early intervention in psychosis: from clinical intervention to health system implementation. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. ISSN 1751-7885 (In Press)

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Abstract

Aim Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) is a well-established approach with the intention of early detection and treatment of psychotic disorders. Its clinical and economic benefits are well documented. This paper presents basic aspects of EIP services, discusses challenges to their implementation and presents ideas and strategies to overcome some of these obstacles. Methods This paper is a narrative review about the evidence supporting EIP, with examples of successful implementation of EIP and of cases where major obstacles still need to be overcome. Results Experience from successfully implemented EIP services into the mental healthcare system have generated evidence, concepts and specific strategies that might serve as guidance or inspiration in other countries or systems where EIP is less well developed or not developed at all. Previous experience has made clear that evidence of clinical benefits alone is not enough to promote implementation, as economic arguments and political and social pressure have shown to be important elements in efforts to achieve implementation. Conclusions Users’ narratives, close collaboration with community organisations and support from policy-makers and known people within the community championing EI services are just a few of the approaches that should be considered in campaigns for implementation of EI services. Fast progress in implementation is possible.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2017 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 15:32
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 15:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85134

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