Examining the effectiveness of antipsychotic medication in first episode psychosis

Taylor, M., Cavanagh, J. , Hodgson, R. and Tiihonen, J. (2012) Examining the effectiveness of antipsychotic medication in first episode psychosis. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 26(5), pp. 27-32. (doi: 10.1177/0269881112439252)

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The regular use of antipsychotic medication is known to improve overall outcomes and diminish risk of relapse, but applying the results of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) into routine clinical practice is not always straightforward. Furthermore, psychiatrists, service users and policy makers can have trouble keeping up with the burgeoning and, at times, conflicting results from research trials, meta-analysis and systematic reviews. In this paper we examine the differences between efficacy and effectiveness trials with regard to antipsychotic medication with a focus on first-episode psychosis, after reviewing the relative contribution of antipsychotic medication to outcomes in schizophrenia.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cavanagh, Professor Jonathan
Authors: Taylor, M., Cavanagh, J., Hodgson, R., and Tiihonen, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Psychopharmacology
Published Online:15 February 2012

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