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Thursday, September 10 • 9:15am - 10:30am
First-Episode Psychosis 2015: Risk, Prodrome, Treatment, and Outcome

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Multidisciplinary programs from 5 continents—dedicated to the identification and treatment of individuals at high risk of or entering first episodes of psychosis—have recently reported their 10-year outcome data. The Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) program is a National Institute of Mental Health research project testing the value of youth-centered strategies focused on education, employment support, as well as the preservation of function and avoidance of disability. These new data suggest that early identification and engagement of these individuals and practice redesign with novel multidisciplinary treatment teams can significantly reduce the disabling outcomes of psychotic illness. This session will discuss the importance of early identification of individuals at high risk of or entering a first episode of psychosis, which shortens the duration of untreated psychosis. Dr. McEvoy will focus on multidisciplinary strategies for the successful engagement of these individuals into treatment programs that integrate minimal or no adverse effect pharmacotherapy, with attention to and support for these young individuals’ priorities (eg, education and employment, social life, independent living), offering the greatest opportunity to favorably influence the course and outcomes of psychotic disorders.

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Joseph McEvoy, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Staff Psychiatrist, Central Regional Hospital, Butler, North CarolinaJoseph P. McEvoy, MD, currently holds the Case Distinguished Chair in Psychotic Disorders at the Medical College... Read More →

Thursday September 10, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am PDT

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