When it comes to schizophrenia treatment, first contact with a provider can make all the difference

Individuals with first-onset psychosis have a shorter wait for treatment if they visit an emergency room that has a specialist psychiatric team on staff, as opposed to those who seek care in community settings, a new study confirms.

Patients whose first visits were with social workers, the criminal justice system, or health visitors had the longest duration of untreated psychosis, or DUP, the researchers reported in BMC Psychiatry.

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Expert referrals could improve treatment outcomes

The study included 480 inner-city individuals with any psychotic syndrome. Findings showed that the three most common first contact points for the subjects were general practitioners, police, and emergency rooms.

Patients who were able to make first contact with a psychiatric specialist had the shortest DUP, suggesting that health care workers ought to give these patients a referral to another expert if they aren't qualified to treat psychotic symptoms in the most effective way.

And maintaining psychiatric teams in emergency clinics - which are being phased out in many areas - might be key to ensuring shorter wait times.

“Those working in these settings should be encouraged to initiate prompt referral to emergency rooms in general hospitals or general practice and then to psychiatric services," the authors wrote.

Source: Medwire News
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