Farooq, S, Green, D and Singh, S (2019) Sharing information about diagnosis and outcome of firstepisode psychosis in patients presenting to early intervention services. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 13 (3). pp. 657-666. ISSN 1751-7885

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First‐episode psychosis (FEP) can be a serious and debilitating disease, but there is limited literature on how to inform patients and carers about its diagnosis and outcome. We aimed to examine the attitudes, practices and views of clinicians working in Early Intervention Service about sharing information on diagnosis and outcome of FEP.

A 26‐item questionnaire was sent electronically to clinical staff who have been involved in the discussion of FEP diagnosis in Early Intervention Services in the West Midlands, UK.

A total of 51 clinicians completed the questionnaire. All respondents stated that patients or carers of those presenting with FEP wish to be informed of their diagnosis, and three‐quarters (76%) felt there is a need to develop guidelines on how to inform about diagnosis; 57% stated that they usually use broad diagnostic groups such as psychosis when discussing diagnosis, and only 11% use the term schizophrenia. A total of 40% thought that the therapeutic relationship and treatment adherence (58%) would improve if patients know about their diagnosis; 42 (88%) respondents felt that the likely outcome of the illness should also be discussed with patients when the diagnosis is communicated.

The clinicians were aware that service users wished to be informed about the diagnosis and outcome of FEP but had no guidance on the subject. Despite the limitations of an online self‐administered survey, the study highlights the need for guidance and improving clinical practice in discussing the diagnosis of FEP in a vulnerable population.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Wiley at https://doi.org/10.1111/eip.12670 - Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: diagnosis; early intervention services; first-episode psychosis; schizophrenia
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC435 Psychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 08:25
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2019 09:52
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4797

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