Efficacy and feasibility of the integrated psychological therapy for outpatients with schizophrenia in greece: final results of a RCT

Rakitzi, Stavroula; Georgila, Polyxeni; Efthimiou, Konstantinos; Müller, Daniel (2016). Efficacy and feasibility of the integrated psychological therapy for outpatients with schizophrenia in greece: final results of a RCT. Psychiatry research, 242, pp. 137-143. Elsevier 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.05.039

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The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and the feasibility of cognitive remediation group therapy in patients with schizophrenia in Greece. For this purpose, the cognitive part of the Integrated Psychological Therapy (IPT), focusing on neuro- and social cognition, was compared in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with treatment as usual (TAU). 48 outpatients took part in the study. IPT groups received 20 biweekly 1-h-therapy sessions. A test-battery was assessed at baseline, after therapy, and at a 3-month follow-up. Regarding cognitive functioning, significant effects favouring IPT were found in working memory and social perception during therapy and at follow-up. No effects could be found in verbal memory and vigilance. Significant effects favoring IPT were found in negative symptoms, in in- sight and in general symptoms during therapy and at follow-up using the Positive and Negative Syn- drome Scale (PANSS). No effects were evident in positive symptoms and in psychosocial functioning. Significant effects favoring TAU were found in the quality of life assessment at follow-up. The study supports evidence for the feasibility and efficacy of IPT in psychiatric care in Greece and it hopefully will initiate the broader use of evidenced-based treatments like IPT in Greek Psychiatry.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Müller, Daniel

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0165-1781

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Müller

Date Deposited:

15 Feb 2017 15:52

Last Modified:

15 Feb 2017 16:06

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.psychres.2016.05.039

PubMed ID:

27280523

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.92193

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92193

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