Occupation and first episode psychosis in Northern Italy: better outcomes for migrants

Ilaria Tarricone, Craig Morgan, Jane Boydell, Serena Panigada, Raffaele Morigi, Mauro Braca, Enrico Sutti, Pierluigi Boldri, Marta Di Forti, Robin M Murray, Domenico Berardi

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Aims Many studies show that migrants have a higher incidence of psychosis compared to natives, but the influence of migration on psychosis outcomes is little investigated. We aimed to evaluate the occupational outcomes of a first episode psychosis (FEP) sample in Bologna (Northern Italy). Methods An incidence cohort of FEP patients presenting at the Bologna West Community Mental Health Centers between 2002 and 2009 was assessed at the baseline and at 12th month follow-up. Return to school or work was used as occupational outcome. Results Most of the patients (82.8%) were still in contact at 12 months. Migrants showed significantly higher rate of return to work compared to natives (adjusted OR 4.45, 95% CI 1.55-12.76). Conclusions First generation migrants had better occupational outcomes. Further cross-cultural studies are needed to further explain these findings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
Early online date19 Mar 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2016


  • First episode psychosis, psychosis course, occupational outcomes, migrants


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