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Columbia leads national effort to develop early intervention for schizophrenia
Date:7/21/2009

l Center; and director of the Division of Health Services Research at the VA Capitol Health Care Network, is co-principal investigator of RAISE.

RAISE Study to Develop & Test an Intervention That Limits Disability & Fosters Functional Recovery, While Answers to Fundamental Research Questions in Schizophrenia are Still Emerging

The goal of RAISE is to develop an evidence-based strategic intervention for early psychosis that can be facilitated both in community-based and public mental health-settings, and in private clinical practice settings. Since patient dropout and poor continuation in treatment is a major problem for schizophrenia clinicians, the intervention will encourage patients' engagement and adherence to treatment.

Drs. Lieberman, Dixon and their research team will begin by testing and refining the battery of assessments that will be used with patients who have experienced first episode psychosis (FEP) at two different FEP clinics, located at the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Davis, and then by testing the assessment model in four community-based sites, two in New York and two in Maryland.

Next, a total of 330 participants will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions in a total of eight real world clinical sites in Maryland and New York. Those in the experimental condition will receive coordinated treatment provided by a team that will include a clinical case manager, psychiatrist, nurse, employment/education specialist, skills training specialist and a team leader. Culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions will be tailored to each patient's individual needs, with the goal of maximizing patient engagement and compliance. Individuals in the comparison group will receive treatment services managed by a clinical case manager who will link patients to appropriate community services and other resources for support and rehabilitation services. The case manager will work
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Contact: Elizabeth Streich
eas2125@columbia.edu
212-305-6535
Columbia University Medical Center
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