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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;35(3):613-31. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2012.06.004. Epub 2012 Jul 21.

Is early intervention for psychosis feasible and effective?

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University,and Clinic for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP), 34 Park Street, Connecticut Mental Health Center, Room 273A, New Haven, CT 06519, USA.


Services that provide comprehensive, early intervention (EI) have shown promise in improving long-term outcomes in schizophrenia. This article reviews the rationale and salient concepts relevant to understanding the growing EI literature. A selective review of studies evaluating the effectiveness of integrated EI is followed by a discussion of feasibility, especially in the US context. Finally, the authors present a framework that seeks to integrate activities traditionally categorized and separated as discovery and implementation. This framework is offered as a way to advance both goals.

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