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Targeting social and non-social cognition to improve cognitive remediation outcomes in schizophrenia
  1. Shaun M Eack
  1. Correspondence to: University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, Pittsburgh, USA; sme12@pitt.edu

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ABSTRACT FROM: Muller DR, Schmidt SJ, Roder V. One-year randomized controlled trial and follow-up of Integrated Neurocognitive Therapy for schizophrenia outpatients. Schizophr Bull 2015;41:604–16.

What is already known on this topic

Patients with schizophrenia experience broad cognitive impairments in social (eg, perspective-taking) and non-social (eg, processing speed) domains.1 Cognitive remediation is an effective set of treatments for improving cognition in schizophrenia, although most approaches have not simultaneously addressed problems in social and non-social domains, limiting their efficacy.2 Muller and colleagues examined the effects of integrating social cognitive and neurocognitive remediation on cognitive and functional outcomes in schizophrenia.

Methods of the study

One hundred and fifty-six stabilised outpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder without intellectual disability or significant substance use problems were studied in eight university-affiliated clinics throughout Switzerland, Germany and Austria (randomised, single-blind). Integrated Neurocognitive Therapy (INT) was the primary experimental treatment based on an refinement of Integrated Psychological Therapy that uses bi-weekly group and computer-based sessions to target …

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