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Br J Med Psychol. 1994 Sep;67 ( Pt 3):259-71.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for drug-resistant psychosis.

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Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.


A small controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy for drug-resistant psychosis is reported. The study was designed as a pilot study for a future larger and longer randomized controlled trial. The therapy was offered to patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizo-affective psychosis who presented unremitting positive symptoms. An average of 16 sessions were delivered over a six-month period. The results of this pilot study are promising. Rates of engagement in therapy were high. The treatment group also improved significantly on a number of key symptom measures when compared with the controls. These were reductions in delusional conviction, general symptomatology and depression scores. Future studies should offer therapy over a longer period, targeting social as well as symptom change, and considering factors which will enhance maintenance of improvement.

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