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Early Interv Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;7(1):80-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2012.00368.x. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

Pathways to care for those at clinical high risk of developing psychosis.

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Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. stowkowy@ucalgary.ca

Abstract

AIM:

Understanding the pathways to care is a prerequisite for early detection in first-episode patients with psychosis. Less in known about the pathways to care for individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis.

METHODS:

A sample of 35 clinical high risks for psychosis individuals were administered a semistructured questionnaire inquiring about pathways to care.

RESULTS:

The majority of contacts were made to general practitioners (32.8%). Various symptoms of concern were reported among the sample, the most common being depression (15.9%) followed by anxiety (11.0%). Delusions/paranoia were the most frequent symptoms associated with successful referral to contacts (14.3%).

CONCLUSION:

Education on the pathway to successful access to care and treatment in a putatively prodromal for psychosis group of individuals is valuable information that can potentially aid in a faster discovery of these individuals and their access to treatment and care.

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