What is it about?

Severe mental disorders, including schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis, are aim of stigma and lack of investiment. Latin America suffers with many open veins that constitute as risk factor for psychosis - like poverty, inequalitty and high levels of substance abuse. Eventhought, there are scarce health services providing care and infomation to individuals dealing with psychosis.

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Why is it important?

Our effort was to describe how a public academic hospital in countryside Brazil implemented an Early Intervention Programme and the challenges on this trail. Besides service implementation description, we provide a retrospective cohort with socio-demographic and clinical data of 237 individuals treated by us.


The authors believe that our experince may be relevant to the field. As said, rare services in low- or middle-income countries are specialized such as ours, and as far as we know we provided the largest cohort of First-Episode-Psychosis patients in Latin America since now. We are engaged in providing care for this people, just as we are engaged in human resource formation in this area.

Gabriel Oliveira
Universidade de Sao Paulo Campus de Ribeirao Preto

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This page is a summary of: Early intervention in psychosis in emerging countries: Findings from a first‐episode psychosis programme in the Ribeirão Preto catchment area, southeastern Brazil, Early Intervention in Psychiatry, November 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/eip.13252.
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