CHA News Article

New Study Finds Support for Team-Based Treatment
More effective than community care in treating first episode psychosis

New research has found that using a team-based, coordinated specialty care approach to treating people with first episode psychosis produces better clinical and functional outcomes than typical community care. Research from the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, was conducted by a team of specialists who worked with each client to create a personalized treatment plan. The treatment plans included recovery-oriented psychotherapy, low doses of antipsychotic medications, family education and support, and other supports depending on the individual’s needs and preferences. Of the 404 individuals enrolled in the study, 223 were treated using a team-based approach and 181 received “typical-care.” Patients in the team-based approach experienced greater improvement and remained in treatment longer. More information is available on the NIMH website.