The McLean First-Episode Psychosis Project: six-month recovery and recurrence outcome. Academic Article uri icon


  • The McLean First-Episode Psychosis project began in 1989. The authors describe the study design, diagnostic distribution, and recovery and relapse data on the first 102 recruited subjects. Fifty-nine percent of the subjects had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, 15 percent psychotic depression, 10 percent schizophrenic spectrum, 9 percent delusional disorder, and 8 percent other psychotic disorders. By 6 months, 80 percent recovered syndromically but only 55 percent recovered functionally, and only 50 percent recovered both functionally and syndromically. Non-white and male patients were more likely to have a recurrence. Men were less likely and bipolar patients were more likely to recover functionally. Patients with nonaffective psychosis had longer hospitalizations and lower rates of functional recovery 6 months after discharge.

publication date

  • January 1, 1992