Integrating non-drug treatments in early schizophrenia

TitleIntegrating non-drug treatments in early schizophrenia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLewis, SW, Tarrier, N, Drake, RJ
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
PublisherRoyal College of Psychiatrists
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0007-12501472-1465
Accession Number2005-09546-013. First Author & Affiliation: Lewis, Shôn W.
Keywordscognitive behavior therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive remediation, compliance therapy, early schizophrenia, family intervention, Intervention, motivational interviewing, psychological interventions, Psychotherapeutic Techniques, Schizophrenia, treatment compliance

Summary There is a range of psychological interventions for established schizophrenia. These include family interventions, motivational interventions for substance misuse and for nonadherence to medication, cognitive remediation for neurocognitive deficits and cognitive-behavioural therapy for symptoms. Psychological interventions may explicitly target risk factors for poor outcome, such as substance use, or protective factors, such as adherence to medication, or be directed at specific symptoms or deficits. There is emerging evidence for efficacy of psychological treatments during, following and even prior to the first episode. Important areas for further study are how different treatment modalities can interact productively, and patient and carer preferences for treatment. Many trials of psychological treatments have design flaws and this tends to overestimate the treatment effect. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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