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Group cognitive–behavioural therapy for schizophrenia : randomised controlled trial.

Barrowclough, Christine and Haddock, Gillian and Lobban, Fiona and Jones, Steven H. and Siddle, Ron and Roberts, Chris and Gregg, Lynsey (2006) Group cognitive–behavioural therapy for schizophrenia : randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry, 189 (6). pp. 527-532. ISSN 1472-1465

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Abstract

Background The efficacy of cognitive–behavioural therapy for schizophrenia is established, butthere is less evidence for a group format. Aims To evaluate the effectiveness of group cognitive–behavioural therapy for schizophrenia. Method In all, 113 people with persistent positive symptoms of schizophrenia were assigned to receive group cognitive–behavioural therapy or treatment as usual. The primary outcome was positive symptom improvement on the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scales. Secondary outcome measures included symptoms, functioning, relapses, hopelessness and self-esteem. Results There were no significant differences between the cognitive–behavioural therapy and treatment as usual on measures of symptoms or functioning or relapse, but group cognitive–behavioural therapy treatment resulted in reductions in feelings of hopelessness and in low self-esteem. Conclusions Although group cognitive–behavioural therapy may not be the optimum treatment method for reducing hallucinations and delusions, it may have important benefits, including feeling less negative about oneself and less hopeless for the future.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Psychiatry
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 31915
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2010 09:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31915

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