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Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) (STEP)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Vinod Srihari, Yale University Identifier:
First received: March 29, 2006
Last updated: September 17, 2013
Last verified: September 2013
The purpose of this study is to understand the effectiveness of a specialized package of phase-specific treatments for individuals in the midst of their first episode of psychosis. The pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments will be delivered within a state public mental health center.

Condition Intervention
Schizophrenia and Disorders With Psychotic Features
Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy
Behavioral: Cognitive remediation
Drug: Medications
Behavioral: MFG
Behavioral: Assertive case management
Other: Treatment as Usual in the community

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Trial of Usual Care Versus Specialized, Phase-specific Care in the Public Sector for First Episode Psychosis.

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Rehospitalization measured every 6 months for 5 years. [ Time Frame: Assessed every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Relapse [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Overall functioning [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of life [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Education and employment status [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Treatment satisfaction [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Adherence [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Substance use [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Adverse events (including self-harm and violence) [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Medication (including metabolic) side effects [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Economic measures including service use, cost of care and forensic data. [ Time Frame: every 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: March 2006
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: August 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Treatment as usual
Referral to community providers.
Other: Treatment as Usual in the community
Subjects randomized to this arm either return to their existing outpatient psychiatrist or, if they do not have one yet, are referred by the clinic to preferred providers in the community. The nature of the interventions provided is variable and is being monitored by the research clinic.
Experimental: STEP Care
Integrated and comprehensive treatment provided by a specialized team in a public mental health center.Interventions include pharmacotherapy, family education, cognitive behavioral group and individual psychotherapy and case management focused on vocational rehabilitation.
Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy
once per week
Behavioral: Cognitive remediation
as needed
Drug: Medications
Individualized prescription of psychotropic medications including but not restricted to antipsychotic, antidepressant and mood stabilizers.
Behavioral: MFG
Multi-Family psychoeducation Group based on the model published by McFarlane et al.
Behavioral: Assertive case management
Meetings with an individual clinician (social work or nursing) who provides supportive psychotherapy, helps assist with vocational and educational supports.

Detailed Description:
We propose to conduct a clinical trial for first episode psychosis patients not eligible for CMHC services that will compare randomized access to care at CMHC versus the usual procedure of referral to community providers outside CMHC. Patients randomized to access to CMHC services will receive multifaceted, intensive, phase-specific care delivered by a specialized clinical team. This care will include five principal components: antipsychotic prescription, multi-family group therapy, group cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive remediation and individual case management including supportive, problem solving approaches and a focus on resumption of movement towards educational and/or employment related goals. All consenting subjects will undergo research evaluations every six months for up to five years. Outcomes will be assessed in the domains of re-admission (primary outcome), relapse, symptoms, overall functioning, quality of life, education and employment, treatment satisfaction, adherence, substance use, adverse events (including self-harm) and economic measures including service use, cost of care and forensic data.

Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 45 Years   (Child, Adult)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age 16-45
  2. Meets DSM-IV schizophrenia spectrum psychosis or affective psychosis according to the SCID
  3. ≤8 weeks of received antipsychotic treatment lifetime at time of referral
  4. Willing to be treated in New Haven

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Psychosis believed due to substance use (based on the SCID)
  2. Unable or unwilling to give informed consent
  3. MR as indicated by receipt of services from Dept of Mental Retardation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00309452

United States, Connecticut
Connecticut Mental Health Center
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06519
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
Principal Investigator: Vinod H Srihari, M.D. Yale University School of Medicine & Connecticut Mental Health Center
Study Chair: Scott Woods, M.D. Yale University
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Additional Information:

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Vinod Srihari, Associate Professor, Yale University Identifier: NCT00309452     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0601001013 
Study First Received: March 29, 2006
Last Updated: September 17, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Yale University:
First episode psychosis
Specialized care
Phase-specific treatment
Disorders with psychotic features

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders processed this record on October 21, 2016