Key clinical point: Patients with nonaffective psychosis want areas such as “social connectedness,” “practical support,” and “access to psychological therapy” addressed as part of their mental health services.
Major finding: More than 50% of patients with nonaffective psychosis reported experiencing severe paranoia, and 48.2% reported hearing frequent voices. Patients want those problems addressed and can benefit from interventions such as the Feeling Safe Programme.
Study details: The findings are based on a cross-sectional assessment of more than 1,800 people with severe paranoia and auditory hallucinations, and without severe paranoia and auditory hallucinations who received secondary mental health services provided by the National Health Service in England.
Disclosures: Lead author Daniel Freeman, PhD, DClinPsy, disclosed received funding from the National Institute of Health Research, the Medical Research Council, and Wellcome Trust. No other authors reported conflicts.
Freeman D et al. Schizophr Res. 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2019.07.016.