Though it studied a program intended to reduce medication dosages, the researchers do not yet know for sure if dosages were lowered or by how much. It was scientists familiar with the project — not Dr.
Therefore, the study did not conclude “that schizophrenia patients who received smaller doses of antipsychotic medication and a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy and family support made greater strides in recovery.” (The study did conclude that the alternative treatment program as a whole led to better outcomes.) The article also erroneously attributed a statement to Dr. Heinssen — who said that the study’s original proposal, calling for two nearly identical trials, was changed in part because of recruiting problems. Heinssen said that one trial was redirected, but did not say why.) And because of an editing error, the article misidentified the institution where Dr.
In 2014, Congress awarded $25 million in block grants to the states to be set aside for early-intervention mental health programs.
So far, 32 states have begun using those grants to fund combined-treatment services, Dr. Experts said the findings could help set a new standard of care in an area of medicine that many consider woefully inadequate: the management of so-called first episode psychosis, that first break with reality in which patients (usually people in their late teens or early 20s) become afraid and deeply suspicious.
Heinssen is director of services and intervention research.
It is the National Institute of Mental Health, not the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. 20 about a study of the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia, using information from a patient advocacy organization, referred incorrectly to the experience of one woman who had been treated for the disorder.Heinssen added, “but it’s worth noting that it usually takes about 17 years for a new discovery to make it into clinical practice; or that’s the number people throw around.But this process only took seven years.”An article on Tuesday about a study of the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia referred incorrectly to the conclusions of the study.She received a treatment similar to the new approach as part of a related trial, did well and is now attending nursing school. Olson, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who has worked to promote approaches to psychosis that are less reliant on drugs, said the combined treatment had a lot in common with Open Dialogue, a Finnish program developed in the 1980s. Kane, chairman of the psychiatry department at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, randomly assigned 34 community care clinics in 21 states to provide either treatment as usual, or the combined package.Doctors praised the study results.“I’m very favorably impressed they were able to pull this study off so successfully, and it clearly shows the importance of early intervention,” said Dr. Carpenter, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. “These are zeitgeist ideas, and I think it’s thrilling that this trial got such good results,” Dr. In the new study, doctors used the medications as part of a package of treatments and worked to keep the doses as low as possible minimizing their bad effects. The team trained staff members at the selected clinics to deliver that package, and it included three elements in addition to the medication.The sooner people started the combined treatment after that first episode, the better they did, the study found.The average time between the first episode and receiving medical care — for those who do get it — is currently about a year and half.Its findings have already trickled out to government agencies: On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published in its influential guidelines a strong endorsement of the combined-therapy approach.Mental health reform bills now being circulated in Congress “mention the study by name,” said Dr. Heinssen, the director of services and intervention research at the National Institute of Mental Health, who oversaw the research.Investigations into the biological, psychological and clinical aspects of the disorder have been greatly seen.An approach which views schizophrenia as a disturbance of information processing appears promising as a way of linking all of the aspects of the disorder.