Early patient engagement tied to psychosis outcomes by Whitney McKnight Clinical Psychiatry News Nov 2015; from the American Journal of Psychiatry
This article concludes Integrated, patient-centered treatment delivered earlier in people with first-episode psychosis leads to better outcomes than standard community care. Dr. Thomas R. Insel outgoing director of the National Institute of Mental health said, “These results demonstrate the importance of early detection, early engagement, and integrated care following the onset of psychosis.” This is based on a study by RAISE, Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode. Key clinical point is that early integrated treatment for firs-episode psychosis delivered in a community setting can help patients stay functional and productive. Also quality of life is improved as demonstrated by Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale for Shizophrenia.
There is hope, but early intervention is vital. This seems a common theme for many illnesses.