The Establishment of the Early Intervention Program for Patients With Schizophrenia

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2005 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : December 21, 2005
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
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National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:

Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness, which has a prodromal phase of 1-2 years prior to the onset of the illness. During the prodromal phase, patients might show maladaptation and/or poor social functioning. However, these early symptom of schizophrenia might be overlooked by patients and their families. At that period, patients might strive to improve their social interactions and social functioning. However, the efforts might further create their stress level on everyday life, which can actually accelerate the illness onset of schizophrenia. In other words, the efforts would worsen the pathophysiologic changes in the brain, which can result in the positive symptoms of schizophrenia.

Previous researches found that the critical period for treatment of schizophrenia is the early phase of illness onset, especially the first two or three years. Delay treatment would worsen the illness. To this extent, early treatment would bring to a better prognosis as well as minimize the costs of individuals, families and society. In other words, early interventions not only can prevent relapse, it also can benefit patients’ psychosocial adjustments. However, researches found that the average duration of untreated psychosis is 25.2 months in Taiwan, which indicates the phenomena of delay treatment and this trend might result in missing the critical treatment period.

This is a two years study aiming to establish an early intervention program for patients with schizophrenia. In the first year, it aims to understand the phenomena of psychiatric care services utilization for patients with schizophrenia, special emphasis will be on the delay treatment and pluralistic health seeking process. In the second year, it aims to establish an early intervention program. The results of this research would contribute to in-service trainings, service providing, and policy making of psychiatric services.

Condition or disease

Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 20 participants
Observational Model: Defined Population
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Study Start Date : August 2004
Study Completion Date : July 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia
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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with schizophrenia
  • capable to express in Chinese
  • willing to cooperate with

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients with schizophrenia but not willing to cooperate with

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00172770

Contact: Ping-Chuan Hsiung, Ph.D 02-23123456 ext 8430

Ping-Chuan,Hsiung Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 106
Contact: Ping-Chuan Hsiung, Ph.D    02-23123456 ext 8430      
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Study Chair: Ping-Chuan Hsiung, Ph.D Department of Nursing, National Taiwan University Identifier: NCT00172770     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 93621700617
First Posted: September 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 21, 2005
Last Verified: September 2005

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders