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Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Children and Young People: The NICE Guideline on Recognition and Management

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH)

Price: £50.00

College members' price: £45.00

Published: Aug 2013

Format: Paperback + free CD-ROM

Number of pages: 508

ISBN: 9781908020604

Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Children and Young People: The NICE Guideline on Recognition and Management

There is a worse prognosis for psychosis and schizophrenia when onset is in childhood or adolescence, and this new NICE guideline puts much-needed emphasis on early recognition and assessment of possible psychotic symptoms. For the one-third of children and young people who go on to experience severe impairment as a result of psychosis or schizophrenia the guideline also offers comprehensive advice from assessment and treatment of the first episode through to promoting recovery.

This guideline reviews the evidence for recognition and management of psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people across the care pathway, encompassing access to and delivery of services, experience of care, recognition and management of at-risk mental states, psychological and pharmacological interventions, and improving cognition and enhancing engagement with education and employment.

  • Now the only place to obtain this NICE guideline  in print.

List of the other NICE mental health guidelines

NICE Mental Health Guidelines

These guidelines from NICE set out clear recommendations, based on the best available evidence, for health care professionals on how to work with and implement physical, psychological and service-level interventions for people with various mental health conditions.

The book contains the full guidelines that cannot be obtained in print anywhere else. It brings together all of the evidence that led to the recommendations made, detailed explanations of the methodology behind their preparation, plus an overview of the condition covering detection, diagnosis and assessment, and the full range of treatment and care approaches.

The accompanying free CD-ROM contains all the data used as evidence, including:
  • Included and excluded studies.
  • Profile tables that summarise both the quality of the evidence and the results of the evidence synthesis.
  • All meta-analytical data, presented as forest plots.
  • Detailed information about how to use and interpret forest plots.


  1. Preface
  2. Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people
  3. Methods used to develop this guideline
  4. Access to and delivery of services, and the experience of care
  5. Selective prevention interventions
  6. Case identification and assessment
  7. Psychological/psychosocial indicated prevention and treatment
  8. Pharmacological and physical treatment interventions for
    conduct disorders
  9. Summary of recommendations
  10. Appendices
  11. References
  12. Abbreviations
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