STEP-ED: Reducing Duration of Untreated Psychosis and Its Impact in the U.S.


Psychosis | Schizophrenia

What is the purpose of this trial?

The guiding questions for this study are: can a U.S. adaptation of a successful Scandinavian approach (TIPS) to early detection substantially reduce the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) and improve outcomes beyond an established first-episode service (FES)?

The primary aim of this study is:

To determine whether an early detection intervention can reduce DUP in the US, as compared to usual detection. Early detection (ED) will be implemented in one US community (New Haven, CT), and usual detection efforts will continue in another (Boston, MA). DUP will be measured at admission to the corresponding first-episode services (STEP & PREP) in each community, over one year before and throughout ED implementation. The investigators hypothesize that DUP will be reduced significantly in the early detection site compared to the usual detection site;
A secondary aim is to determine whether DUP reduction can augment the outcomes of established FES on outcomes in the U.S. The investigators will measure symptoms, functioning and engagement with treatment at entry and over 1 year at each site. The investigators hypothesize that shorter DUP at one FES (STEP) will predict reduced distress and illness severity at entry and better early outcomes at STEP compared to PREP.

Participation Guidelines

16 Years - 35 Years

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National Institute of Mental Health
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