While relapse is considered an almost inevitable event in the course of psychotic disorders, it does have enormous consequences for the patient, his/her family and society. First of all, a relapse of psychosis after a period of improvement (remission) can be extremely discouraging and demoralizing to the patient and their family. It may carry the message to the patient of a recurring and chronic illness, causing an erosion of hope for the future. During a relapse a patient is once again at risk of behaviour that may be dangerous to him or herself and towards others. Therefore, it is very desirable if a relapse can be prevented, especially during the early course of illness. The CCEIP is currently developing a relapse risk assessment for use by clinicians and caregivers. Please see below to see the poster results and executive summary of our qualitative research which will help inform the design of the tool.
The SEPRRA tool has been assessed for feasibility and reliability, but before it can be used in routine clinical practice, the validity must be evaluated. If your clinic is interested in participating in the validation of this important tool, please reach out to Megan Connolly at email@example.com for more details.
- Project Lead: Ashok Malla
- Project Sponsors: Schizophrenia Society of Canada Foundation and Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance
* No sponsorship received for publication.