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EPOS pathways to care (pathways questionnaire)

The EPOS Pathways to Care (Pathways, Vazquez-Barquero J-L, Ruhrmann S, Salokangas RKR, Linszen D, Birchwood M, Schultze-Lutter F, Graf von Reventlow H, Klosterkötter J, and the EPOS Group; Santander: University of Cantabria, 2002) is an interview especially developed by EPOS for documenting in detail information on key issues related to previous contacts with the health care system, as symptoms presented with, reasons for decisions to seek care etc, and pathways to care and delays to adequate treatment.

The Pathways has been developed on the basis of the WHO Encounter Form (Gater R, De Almeida E, Souza B, et al, 1991) used in research on first episode psychosis, as well as a systematic review of literature and collection of treatment settings, modalities and interventions available in the participating regions (Finland, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, UK). Adapted and enriched according to the special requirements, the EPOS Pathways allows for the identification of obstacles leading to delayed adequate diagnosis and treatment for persons at risk for psychosis.

Potential end-users are psychiatric, psychological or public health investigators engaged in early psychosis. As the main benefit, the Pathways to care provides a special assessment for psychosis prevention purposes and additionally allows to compare across different national health care systems.

Reported by

Unidad de Investigacion en Psiquiatria Clinical y Social, Hospital "Marquez de Valdecilla", University of Santander
Avda. Valdecilla s/n
39008 Santander
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