Iyer, S., Mustafa, S., Abadi, S., Joober, R., Abdel-Baki, A., Jarvis, E., Latimer, E., Margolese, H., Casacalenda, N., Schmitz, N., Brown, T. et Malla, A. (2020). Patient Satisfaction with Random Assignment to Extended Early Intervention for Psychosis versus Regular Care: Relationship with Service Engagement. Early intervention in psychiatry, 1-5.
We investigated whether individuals varied in their satisfaction with being randomized to an extension of early intervention (EI) for psychosis or regular care after 2 years of EI, and whether satisfaction was associated with service engagement 3 years later.
Following randomization, patients (N = 220) indicated if they were happy with, unhappy or indifferent to their group assignment. Follow‐up with service providers was recorded monthly.
Patients randomized to extended EI were more likely to express satisfaction with their group assignment than those in the regular care group (88.2% vs 31.5%, χ2 = 49.96, P < .001). In the extended EI group, those happy with their assigned group were likelier to continue seeing their case manager for the entire five‐year period than those who were unhappy/indifferent (χ2 = 5.61, P = .030).
Perceptions about EI, indicated by satisfaction with being assigned to extended EI, may have lasting effects on service engagement.