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Schizophr Res. 2006 Jan 1;81(1):75-82. Epub 2005 Nov 23.

Measuring pathways to care in first-episode psychosis: a systematic review.

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Mental Health, St. George's University of London, Jenner Wing, SGUL Cranmer Terrace, SW17 ORE, London, United Kingdom. s.singh@sgul.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Adequately understanding and measuring pathways to care is a prerequisite for early detection and effective treatment of first-episode psychosis.

METHOD:

We conducted a systematic review of studies on pathways to care in first-episode psychosis to establish what measures currently exist to assess pathways in first-episode psychosis and to compare these measures.

RESULTS:

We identified 15 studies which had used six different measures of pathways to care. Differences in aims, methodology and lack of psychometric data did not allow a direct comparison of pathways measures but certain common themes emerged.

DISCUSSION:

Pathways to care in first-episode psychosis are diverse and varied. There is no measure with established psychometric properties that has been devised on a well-developed theoretical or conceptual framework and had its psychometric properties established. The conflict between exploring the patient's narrative and journey through the healthcare system and developing an empirical measure of pathways with optimal outcomes has hindered the development of such a measure.

PMID:
16309892
DOI:
10.1016/j.schres.2005.09.018
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