Sudden death among young people with first-episode psychosis: An 8-10 year follow-up study

Robinson, J, Harris, M, Cotton, S, Hughes, A, Conus, P, Lambert, M, Schimmelmann, BG and McGorry, P (2010) Sudden death among young people with first-episode psychosis: An 8-10 year follow-up study. Psychiatry Research, 177 3: 305-308. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2010.03.013

Author Robinson, J
Harris, M
Cotton, S
Hughes, A
Conus, P
Lambert, M
Schimmelmann, BG
McGorry, P
Title Sudden death among young people with first-episode psychosis: An 8-10 year follow-up study
Journal name Psychiatry Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-1781
Publication date 2010-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.psychres.2010.03.013
Volume 177
Issue 3
Start page 305
End page 308
Total pages 4
Place of publication Shannon, Co. Clare Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Individuals with first episode psychosis (FEP) experience high rates of premature mortality, in particular due to suicide. The study aims were to: a) Estimate the rate of sudden death among young people with FEP during an 8-10 year period following commencement of treatment; b) Examine and describe the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics associated with sudden death; and c) Examine the timing of death in relation to psychiatric treatment.This was a cohort study. The sample comprised 661 patients accepted into treatment at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre between 1/1/1998 and 31/12/2000. Demographic and clinical data were collected by examination of the medical files. Mortality data were collected via a search of the National Coroners Information System; the Victorian State Coroner's office and clinical files. Nineteen patients died and just over two thirds of deaths were classified as intentional self-harm or suicide. Death was associated with male gender, previous suicide attempt and greater symptom severity at last contact. People with FEP are at increased risk of premature death, in particular suicide. A previous suicide attempt was very common amongst those who died, suggesting that future research could focus upon the development of interventions for young people with FEP who engage in suicidal behaviour. © 2010.
Keyword Sudden death
First-episode psychosis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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