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

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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?


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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded {data collectors}.*

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1 year.

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6 sites in the UK.

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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.

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CBT {n = 257} or usual care as …

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  • For correspondence: Professor D Turkington, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. douglas.turkington{at}

  • Source of funding: Pfizer.