Perspectives in Early Intervention
Early intervention for psychosis in Hong Kong – the EASY programme
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 214–219, August 2010
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Tang, J. Y. M., Wong, G. H. Y., Hui, C. L. M., Lam, M. M. L., Chiu, C. P. Y., Chan, S. K. W., Chung, D. W. S., Tso, S., Chan, K. P. M., Yip, K. C., Hung, S. F. and Chen, E. Y. H. (2010), Early intervention for psychosis in Hong Kong – the EASY programme. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 4: 214–219. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00193.x
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010
- Received 12 September 2009; accepted 10 May 2010
- early diagnosis;
- health service accessibility;
- mental health services;
- psychotic disorders
Aim: This article aims to describe the Hong Kong experience in developing and implementing an early psychosis programme.
Methods: In 2001, the Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis programme was launched in Hong Kong, providing both educational and service components. Public education includes promotion of timely help-seeking, accessible channels to service and knowledge of psychosis. The 2-year phase-specific intervention includes intensive medical follow-up and individualized psychosocial intervention. The programme has adopted the case-management approach, in which case managers provide protocol-based psychosocial intervention. The programme collaborates with non-governmental organizations and community networks in the provision of rehabilitation service.
Results: An average of over 600 young patients enter the programme for intensive treatment each year. Based on preliminary data from a 3-year outcome study, patients in the programme have remarkable reductions in hospital stay accompanied by improvements in vocational functioning.
Conclusions: The results suggested that the programme improved patients' outcome. Additional costs such as extra medical staff and medications may be offset by the shortened hospital stay. Further directions in early intervention are also discussed.