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Multielement psychosocial interventions for first-episode psychosis are feasible and show promise in generic mental health services
  1. Mario Alvarez-Jimenez1,
  2. John F Gleeson2
  1. 1Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.
  1. Correspondence to Associate Professor Mario Alvarez-Jimenez; Mario.alvarez{at}orygen.org.au

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ABSTRACT FROM: Ruggeri M, Bonetto C, Lasalvia A, et al., GET UP Group. Feasibility and effectiveness of a multi-element psychosocial intervention for first-episode psychosis: results from the cluster-randomized controlled GET UP PIANO Trial in a catchment area of 10 million inhabitants. Schizophr Bull 2015;41:1192–203.

What is already known on this topic

Specialist First Episode Psychosis (FEP) services are considered the gold standard of early intervention for psychosis. They adopt a youth-friendly, recovery-focused model and controlled studies have demonstrated their effectiveness in improving a number of key outcomes including psychotic symptoms, relapse rates, functional recovery, engagement with services and patient satisfaction.1 ,2 However, when the deployment of specialist services is not possible, an alternative may be implementing the principles of early intervention for psychosis within existing mental health services. This study is aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of multielement psychosocial interventions delivered within generic mental health services in patients with FEP.

Methods of the study

The study was a cluster-randomized controlled trial (c-RCT), …

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