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Brief and effective psychological treatment of worry within people diagnosed with persecutory delusions
  1. Craig Steel
  1. Department of Psychology, University of Reading, Reading, UK;

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ABSTRACT FROM: Freeman D, Dunn G, Startup H, et al. Effects of cognitive behaviour therapy for worry on persecutory delusions in patients with psychosis (WIT): a parallel, single-blind, randomised controlled trial with a mediation analysis. Lancet Psychiatry 2015;2:305–13.

What is already known on this topic

Although cognitive–behaviour therapy (CBT) for schizophrenia has an established evidence base, most individuals diagnosed with this disorder fail to be offered this treatment. There is a need for brief cognitive–behavioural interventions, which target specific relevant psychological processes in order to enhance availability. Theoretical work highlights the role of worry in the maintenance of persecutory delusions1 and may therefore be a suitable target for intervention.

Methods of the study

A brief intervention for worry was evaluated within a randomised controlled single-blind trial, conducted within two …

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