The efficacy of targeted health agents education to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in a rural population

Eduardo Padilla, Juan Molina, Danielle Kamis, Maria Calvo, Lee Stratton, Sergio Strejilevich, Gabriela Gonzalez Aleman, Gonzalo Guerrero, Mercedes Bourdieu, Horacio A. Conesa, Javier I. Escobar, Gabriel A. de Erausquin

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Abstract

The duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) is a key determinant in the severity of symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. DUP is a modifiable factor that if reduced can improve patient outcome and treatment response. We sought to decrease DUP in rural Argentina by instituting annual training of local health agents to better identify signs of mental illness and offer earlier intervention. DUP was estimated using Schedules of Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN). Ongoing training was correlated with a reduction in DUP. Reducing DUP through better screening can decrease the psychosocial burden of disease and improve the trajectory of psychosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
JournalSchizophrenia research
Volume161
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Duration of untreated psychosis
  • Primary care intervention
  • Schedules of Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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