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Digital Trajectories to Care in First-Episode Psychosis.

A new interesting article has been published in Psychiatr Serv. 2018 Sep 26:appips201800180. doi: 10.1176/ and titled:

Digital Trajectories to Care in First-Episode Psychosis.

Authors of this article are:
Birnbaum ML Rizvi AF Faber K Addington J Correll CU Gerber C Lahti AC Loewy RL Mathalon DH Nelson LA Voineskos AN Walker EF Ward E Kane JM.

A summary of the article is shown below:
OBJECTIVE:: The emphasis on reducing the duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) has highlighted complex barriers to accessing appropriate services. Internet and social media use by individuals with first-episode psychosis (FEP) was examined to explore how these platforms might be used to facilitate treatment initiation.METHODS:: Participants ages 15-35 were interviewed with the Pathways to Care for Psychosis Questionnaire, an 81-item instrument designed to explore online activity during symptom emergence.RESULTS:: Of 112 participants, 90% used the Internet and social media daily. The Internet was listed as the most used resource (62%) for information while symptoms were emerging. A minority (19%) shared concerns via social media, and 76% responded favorably to the possibility of receiving online mental health support.CONCLUSIONS:: The Internet and social media were part of daily life for participants with FEP. Activity continued throughout the DUP, offering the prospect of earlier intervention. Participants expressed positive attitudes toward Internet-based outreach and engagement efforts.

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