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Why did we set up the study?

Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, occur more commonly in certain groups of people (like young men, or some ethnic minority groups) & by environmental factors like deprivation, social isolation or inequality (see our paper for a scientific introduction to this ). Most of the research which shows this comes from studies of people living in cities. We want to discover whether these same risk factors applied to people living in more rural areas.

How does it work?

We work with our clinical partners in the NHS to collect basic demographic data, anonymously, on young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis [FEP] in East Anglia over 3.5 years. We use a statistical method to estimate incidence rates in different sociodemographic groups, and by region, in order to discover how FEP risk varied in the population. The study has received full ethical approval.

What have we found?

The main results will be published later this year. So far we have found that the incidence rate is higher than expected in East Anglia . Using SEPEA data, we have also created a population-level prediction tool for the NHS to plan mental health services for young people . It predicts which parts of England & Wales are likely to see the largest number of people with FEP, based on what we have learnt about risk in different groups. You can find out much more about the SEPEA study on its website.


Want the science behind the blurb? Follow the links below to the peer-reviewed research papers.