Developments in early intervention for psychosis in Hong Kong

Gloria Hoi Yan Wong (Corresponding Author), C. L.M. Hui, D. Y. Wong, J. Y.M. Tang, W. C. Chang, S. K.W. Chan, E. H.M. Lee, J. Q. Xu, J. J.X. Lin, D. C. Lai, W. Tam, J. Kok, D. W.S. Chung, S. F. Hung, E. Y.H. Chen

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The year 2011 marked the 10-year milestone of early intervention for psychosis in Hong Kong. Since 2001, the landscape of early psychosis services has changed markedly in Hong Kong. Substantial progress has been made in the areas of early intervention service implementation, knowledge generation, and public awareness promotion. Favourable outcomes attributable to the early intervention service are supported by solid evidence from local clinical research studies; early intervention service users showed improved functioning, ameliorated symptoms, and decreased hospitalisation and suicide rates. Continued development of early intervention in Hong Kong over the decade includes the introduction and maturation of several key platforms, such as the Hospital Authority Early Assessment Service for Young People with Psychosis programme, the Psychosis Studies and Intervention Unit by the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Early Psychosis Intervention Society, the Jockey Club Early Psychosis Project, and the postgraduate Psychological Medicine (Psychosis Studies) programme. In this paper, we reviewed some of the major milestones in local service development with reference to features of the Hong Kong mental health system. We describe chronologically the implementation and consolidation of public early intervention services as well as recent progresses in public awareness work that are tied in with knowledge generation and transfer, and outline the prospects for early intervention in the next decade and those that follow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalEast Asian Archives of Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hong Kong
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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