Psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people

Improving GPs’ responses to early psychiatric illness in children and adolescents

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f952 (Published 19 February 2013)
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  1. Jane H Roberts, clinical senior lecture, University of Sunderland, general practitioner, chair of Royal College of General Practitioners Adolescent Health Group1
  2. On behalf of the Adolescent Health Group members
  1. 1University of Sunderland, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sunderland SR1 3SD, UK
  1. jane.roberts{at}sunderland.ac.uk

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Adolescent Health Group welcomes the newly published guidelines on psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people.1 GPs’ responses to early manifestations of psychiatric illness have been found to be wanting,2 3 often with unacceptable delays in identification and diagnosis of early signs of illness.4

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