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First Episode Psychosis and Pathway to Care in Nordland

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Verified December 2012 by Nordlandssykehuset HF
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Nordlandssykehuset HF Identifier:
First received: December 17, 2012
Last updated: December 19, 2012
Last verified: December 2012

First episode psychosis patients often experiences treatment delay. This reduces their prospects for recovery and makes unnecessary burdens for them and their carers. A better understanding of help seeking intentions is required, and has not been explored in a county like Nordland, Norway, with long distances and challenging access to health services. The purpose of this study is to explore the process of help seeking, including how patients and their careers discover and understand the psychotic symptoms. Research exploring the impact on families mainly focuses on parents` experiences, and there are less studies focusing on experiences and needs of siblings. This study will therefore explore siblings` experiences separate from their parents. Methods will be qualitative interviews with patients, their carers and siblings. Analysis will be influenced by Grounded theory.

First Episode Psychosis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Patients and Carers Experiences With First Episode Psychosis and Pathway to Care in Nordland: A Qualitative Study

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Further study details as provided by Nordlandssykehuset HF:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient experience [ Time Frame: up to 100 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Carers experiences [ Time Frame: up to 100 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Siblings experiences [ Time Frame: up to 100 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Pathway to care [ Time Frame: up to 100 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 35 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients experiencing first and multiple episode psychosis carers siblings


Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 16-35,
  • understand and speak Norwegian
  • able to give consent
  • no learning disabilities

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Responsible Party: Nordlandssykehuset HF Identifier: NCT01753284     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012/1650(REK)
Study First Received: December 17, 2012
Last Updated: December 19, 2012
Health Authority: Norway:National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics
Norway: Data Protection Authority
Norway: Directorate of Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mental Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features processed this record on November 24, 2014