Katelyn Yunes, MS
WKPIC Doctoral Intern
This study compared 160 adult Chinese patients experiencing first-episode psychosis that were treated via a three year extended Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis (EASY) with 160 adult Chinese patients treated with standard psychiatric services. The EASY program provided community awareness, an open referral system, and two years of specialized early intervention for individuals experiencing schizophrenia spectrum disorders that were not related to substance use nor secondary to accompanying medical conditions or intellectual disability. Results indicated that patients enrolled in the EASY program exhibited significantly shorter duration of untreated psychosis, endorsed lower levels of negative and depressive symptoms, and had better functional outcome at the three year follow-up. The researchers concluded that the EASY program is beneficial in symptom improvement, functional outcome, and in reducing treatment delay as compared to standard treatment.
Chang, W., Chan, S., Lee, E., Hui, C., & Chen, E. (2019). Extended early intervention versus standard psychiatric care for adults with first-episode psychosis. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 25(1), 4–8.