mHealth for Early Psychosis

Ben Buck, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

 

Ayesha Chander, MRes

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

 

Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

mHealth for Early Psychosis

The early phase of illness is critical to the long-term recovery of individuals with psychosis. The longer it takes for young adults with early psychosis to access services, the greater the likelihood that they face long poor functional outcomes and reduced treatment benefits. While the World Health Organization recommends a duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) of no longer than 12 weeks, the typical DUP in the United States is estimated to range 1-3 years. 

 

Digital technologies have the potential to bridge individuals at risk for psychosis to care. Researchers in the BRiTE Center are in the process of developing two remotely-delivered mobile health interventions to reduce barriers to treatment for individuals with early psychosis – one that is delivered directly to affected young adults, and another designed for their family caregivers. 

 

Our initial pilot findings suggest that young adults with early psychosis and EP caregivers both express high levels of interest in digital health. Future work will focus on development and testing of interventions that increase reduce stigma and increase help seeking in this population.

 

Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health