Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 1516-4446
BRIETZKE, Elisa et al. Early intervention in psychosis: a map of clinical and research initiatives in Latin America. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 2011, vol.33, suppl.2, pp. s213-s224. ISSN 1516-4446. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-44462011000600007.
OBJECTIVE: This article aims to review Latin America's early intervention services in psychosis and to shed light into their challenges and particularities. METHOD: An internet-based search comprising medical societies' websites, published articles, and major universities' websites was conducted and the results were critically discussed. RESULTS: Latin American countries are profoundly deficient in specialized early intervention services. Our search found seven target services, four of which are based in urban areas of Brazil, inside tertiary hospitals or universities. Among the initiatives advanced by these centers, there are partnerships with the public educational system and other community-based efforts toward knowledge transfer. On the other hand, several challenges remain to be overcome, especially in relation to their expansion, which is necessary to match the existing demand.
Keywords : Psychotic disorders; Early intervention; Disease prevention; Latin America; Mental Disorders.