Employment Outcome Over 12 Years In A First Episode Psychosis Cohort

 
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Presentation First Author: 
Niall Turner
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Background: Research of employment outcomes of people with schizophrenia has been hampered by methodological issues (Marwaha & Johnson, 2004). Furthermore, studies that specifically examine the employment outcome of first episode psychosis (FEP) cohorts are rare. Methodology Following ethics approval, a cohort (n = 171) who had been incepted into a FEP study 12 years earlier were traced and, where possible, reassessed on two occasions: once to determine clinical outcome and, if agreeable, once to establish occupational outcome. Those who consented to the occupational outcome assessment were interviewed with an occupational history interview and the Social Inclusion Interview Schedule (Lloyd et al., 2008). Data were then merged with baseline and clinical outcome data for analysis. Results In this cohort, among the 38 participants who consented, 34% were currently employed and 53% had been so in the last year. Over the 12 years, 60% of the sample showed a fluctuating pattern of engagement in paid work, unpaid work, and being without work; 45% spent more than 50% of the follow-up period employed. Participant’s percentage of the follow-up period in employment was correlated with their current level of social inclusion (r = 0.60, p

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Presentation Date: 
January, 2013
Additional Authors: 
Niall Turner, Paul O’Mahony, Michelle Hill, Mary Clarke, Conall Larkin, John Waddington, Eadbhard O'Callaghan
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