Specialized Interventions

Differential association of risk factors associated with relapse following treatment of first-episode psychosis (FEP) have not been studied adequately, especially for patients treated in specialized early intervention (SEI) services, where some of the usual risk factors may be ameliorated.

We examined clinical records of all first admissions to hospitals of patients diagnosed with first-episode psychoses (nonaffective) over a 3-year period before and after the introduction of an early intervention service, the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP), in a defined catchment area. We examined demographic, clinical, and service use indices covering a 2-year period subsequent to the index admission for each patient