Outcomes post-discharge from an early intervention in psychosis service
Article first published online: 1 MAR 2012
© 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 465–468, November 2012
How to Cite
Dodgson, G., Ross, L., Tiffin, P., Mitford, E. and Brabban, A. (2012), Outcomes post-discharge from an early intervention in psychosis service. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 6: 465–468. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2012.00349.x
- Issue published online: 29 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Received 15 September 2011; accepted 26 January 2012
- early intervention;
- first-episode psychosis;
- high bed consumer;
- hospital admission
Aim: To investigate the effectiveness of an early intervention in psychosis (EIP) service on engagement and hospital bed usage, post-discharge. A secondary aim was to identify if there was a subgroup of patients with ‘poor outcomes’.
Method: A naturalistic study comparing engagement and hospital bed day usage of individuals who received treatment from an EIP service (n = 75) with those who presented before the service was established (n = 113).
Results: The EIP service demonstrated better engagement with service users in year 5 (P = 0.001). No significant differences were observed on hospital bed day usage. When ‘poor outcome’ cases were removed, a trend towards lower bed usage in EIP services emerged (P = 0.139).
Conclusion: EIP services improve engagement with service users. There was not a significant reduction in hospital bed usage. However, advantages could be masked by a relatively small number of individuals with ‘poor outcomes’.