ReduceDUP: Socio-economic impact of reducing the duration of untreated psychosis

Impact: Health impacts, Societal impacts

Narrative

People who develop psychosis (1% of population) typically experience lengthy delays (months to years) before treatment. Researchers at the University of Manchester (UoM) established a concrete and significant association between delay in treatment of the first episode of psychosis and outcome. We demonstrated that outcome of psychosis could be improved considerably if these lengthy delays were reduced. This research influenced policy and practice in the UK and abroad. Policy changes included the establishment of early psychosis teams dedicated to early detection and treatment (50 in England alone). Practice changes included amendments to clinical guidelines in the UK and abroad that now require clinicians to respond urgently to a first episode of psychosis. These changes to clinical practice have increased the proportion of patients with a short DUP from 55.6 to 77.4%.

Category of impact

  • Health impacts
  • Societal impacts
Date
2014

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