Assessing adolescent preference in the treatment of first-episode psychosis and psychosis risk
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013
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Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 281–285, August 2014
How to Cite
Welsh, P. and Tiffin, P. A. (2014), Assessing adolescent preference in the treatment of first-episode psychosis and psychosis risk. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 8: 281–285. doi: 10.1111/eip.12077
- Issue published online: 23 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 MAR 2013
The objective of this study was to investigate the treatment preferences of adolescents with a first-episode psychosis (FEP) or at-risk mental state (ARMS) for psychosis.
A questionnaire was distributed to all adolescents (12–18 years) within an early intervention in psychosis service based in North-East England, during a 3-month period.
Forty eligible young people responded (53% response rate). The majority of FEP and ARMS participants endorsed psychoeducational material as the most popular treatment choice (36/40; 90%) from the interventions described. Participants with FEP indicated a significant preference for using antipsychotic medications over their ARMS counterparts (75% vs. 25%).
These findings support the use of psychoeducational interventions (both groups) and antipsychotic medication in adolescent FEP (as opposed to ARMS) patient groups, albeit in a small sample requiring replication. This study indicates that the generation of future treatment guidelines and the allocation of clinical resources should be informed by patient preference where possible.