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Integrated care improves one year outcomes in first episode psychosis

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Q Does a community-based, integrated treatment plan improve one year clinical and social outcome in people with first episode psychosis?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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One year.

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Mental health services and the community in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark; recruitment January 1998 to January 2000.

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547 adults (18–45 years old) with first episode psychosis (ICD-10 diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizotypal disorder, acute psychosis, schizoaffective psychosis, delusional disorder, or unspecified non-organic psychosis). Exclusion criteria: psychosis due to intoxication or withdrawal; >12 weeks use of antipsychotics; mental retardation; or organic mental disorder.

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Integrated care: based on the “Assertive Community Treatment” model, and was delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Each person was assigned …

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  • For correspondence: Lone Petersen, Department of Psychiatry, Bispebjerg Hospital, Bispebjerg Bakke 23, DK-2400, Copenhagen NV, Denmark; lone-petersen{at}

  • Sources of funding: Danish Ministry of Health, Danish Ministry of Social Affairs, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Hospital Corporation, Danish Medical Research Council, Slaftermester Worzners Fond.

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