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Brief cognitive-behavioural therapy reduces hospital readmission but does not reduce overall symptoms of schizophrenia

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Q Is brief cognitive-behavioural therapy effective for people with schizophrenia?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Single blind (assessors blinded).

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One year.

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Six healthcare sites, UK; time period not stated.

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422 people with schizophrenia (ICD-10). Most participants had ongoing symptoms or were at risk of relapse. Exclusions: currently experiencing schizophrenia relapse, primary diagnosis of alcohol or substance abuse, organic brain disease, or learning disability.

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Brief cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT: 6 technique-based sessions over 2–3 months given by trained mental health nurses—including techniques for managing positive and negative symptoms and improving medication compliance) or usual care.

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Primary outcomes: overall symptoms (Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating …

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  • For correspondence: Professor Douglas Turkington, School of Neurology, Neurosciences and Psychiatry, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Richardson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP, UK; douglas.turkington{at}

  • Source of funding: Pfizer.