Contemporary Perspectives in Schizophrenia Care
Patient-Centric Care

Evidence-Based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis: Components of Coordinated Specialty Care

Heinssen RK, et al. NIMH. 2014.
1 min

The Study

Each year in the United States, approximately 100,000 adolescents and young adults experience first-episode psychosis. This review outlines the evidence supporting early-intervention programs, with an emphasis on coordinated specialty care (CSC) programs and their key components.

The Analysis

At its core, CSC is a collaborative, recovery-oriented approach that emphasizes shared decision-making to foster collaborative treatment planning and a positive therapeutic relationship. Key components of CSC programs include case management, educational/vocational rehabilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family education.

The Reason It Matters

An abundance of experimental and meta-analytic data over the past 20+ years indicates that comprehensive early-intervention programs can improve symptoms and restore adaptive functioning in a manner that is superior to treatment as usual. Although CSC programs have many benefits for patients with schizophrenia, the opportunity exists to apply them more frequently and consistently for all patients.

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