Mental health literacy: impact of newspaper report on the recognition of psychotic prodrome and related controversies

Presentation First Author: 
Chen-Chung Liu

To facilitate identification of subjects at risk of psychosis in Taipei, Taiwan, two waves of newspaper report of cases depicting favorable outcomes of early intervention at putative prodrome of schizophrenia were released. The numbers of appointment to a special clinic for risk assessment at a teaching hospital displayed an endemic-like pattern, with significantly increased new appointments after the first wave report and some of them were eligible to our high-risk follow-up study. The second wave was an extensive report which drew a much larger flow of appointments but much fewer of them to be our targeted population. Newspaper reports did draw peoples attention and prompted them to seek for assessment, yet the impact should be carefully appraised. For a relatively uncommon and ill-defined clinical entity, approaches using media report should be finely tuned to facilitate audiences self-identification and referral, while not at expense of introducing misconception or confusion inadvertently as to cause any panic or self-doubt.

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Presentation Date: 
January, 2015
Additional Authors: 
Hai-Gwo Hwu
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