Psychological Medicine

Editorial

Early intervention in psychotic disorders: faith before facts?

P. Bosanaca1, G. C. Pattona2 and D. J. Castlea3 c1

a1 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

a2 Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital; Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; and Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

a3 St Vincent's Health and The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

This paper reviews the literature on early intervention in psychotic disorders, weighs the cons of this approach, and makes suggestions for clinicians and researchers regarding how to interpret and respond to what is still an embryonic evidence-base, notably in terms of any long-term benefits.

(Received April 23 2009)

(Revised April 30 2009)

(Accepted May 19 2009)

(Online publication July 02 2009)

Correspondence

c1 Address for correspondence: Professor D. J. Castle, Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Health and The University of Melbourne, Level 2, 46 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia. (Email: david.castle@svhm.org.au)

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