Evid Based Nurs 10:51 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.2.51
  • Treatment

Brief cognitive behaviour therapy improved insight and reduced negative symptoms and readmissions in schizophrenia

 Q In patients with schizophrenia, does brief cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) delivered by mental health nurses reduce symptoms, recovery time, and readmissions at 1 year?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded {data collectors}.*

GraphicFollow up period:

1 year.


6 sites in the UK.


422 patients {18–65 years of age} {mean age 40 y, 77% men} with an ICD-10 diagnosis of schizophrenia who were receiving treatment from secondary care services. Patients were excluded if they were in the process of active relapse or had a primary diagnosis of substance or alcohol dependence, organic brain disease, or severe learning disability.


CBT {n = 257} or usual care as organised by a community key worker, with an offer of CBT at the end of the study period {n = 165}. CBT was manual-based and …

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