Social and occupational outcomes for young people who attend early intervention mental health services

Frank Iorfino, Elizabeth M Scott and Ian B Hickie
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51425
Published online: 21 March 2022

In reply: We thank Rickwood and colleagues1 for their comments about the generalisability of our findings to other headspace cohorts, which is a challenging question given the likely variability across services nationally. Based on data available, our sample is comparable to other published headspace cohorts on demographic and clinical characteristics including age (18.1 ± 3.3 in our study v 17.1 ± 3.4), sex (61.6% v 61.3% female), disengagement from employment, education and training (15.8% v 18.5%), and functional impairment (Social and Occupational Functioning Assessment Scale [SOFAS] score, 62.3 ± 9.03 v ~ 62.7–64.7).2,3,4 Our online Supporting Information highlights that the 1391 young people we excluded tended to be male, older, have higher rates of disengagement, previous hospitalisation and more severe disorders (ie, psychosis), a group that may be less closely matched with other headspace cohorts.

  • Frank Iorfino
  • Elizabeth M Scott
  • Ian B Hickie

  • Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW


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