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Effectiveness of brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for schizophrenia delivered by mental health nurses: relapse and recovery at 24 months

Malik, Navdeep, Kingdon, David, Pelton, Jeremy, Mehta, Raj and Turkington, Douglas (2009) Effectiveness of brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for schizophrenia delivered by mental health nurses: relapse and recovery at 24 months Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 70, (2), pp. 201-207. (doi:10.4088/JCP.07m03990).

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Abstract

Background: evidence of the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for schizophrenia is increasing. There are very few studies of effectiveness, especially in the medium term.
Objective: to evaluate the durability of the effect of brief CBT provided by mental health nurses in community-based patients with schizophrenia (diagnosed according to ICD-10 research criteria), using time to relapse as primary outcome and days hospitalized and occupational recovery as secondary outcomes at 24-month follow-up.
Method: a 2:1 randomized trial, conducted from 1999 to 2003, was performed to evaluate the effects of brief CBT delivered by mental health nurses trained over 10 days with ongoing supervision compared to treatment as usual (TAU), with measurement performed by raters blind to treatment allocation.
Results: 205 (79.8%) of 257 CBT patients and 125 (75.8%) of 165 TAU patients could be followed up at 24 months. Of 205 patients in the CBT group, 64 (31.2%) relapsed, versus 57 (45.6%) of 125 patients in the TAU group (p = .02). Patients rehospitalized from the CBT group spent a total of 6710 days in hospital (mean=32.7 days), while those from the TAU group were inpatients for 6114 days (mean = 48.9 days) (p <.05). Twenty-one (10.2%) of 205 patients made an occupational recovery in the CBT group, and 17 (13.6%) of 125, in the TAU group (chi2 test not significant). Mean time to relapse was 356.8 days (SD = 241.9 days) for the CBT group and 296.1 days (SD = 215.7 days) for the TAU group (OR =1.592, 95% CI = 1.038 to 2.441, p =.033).
Conclusion: beneficial effects on relapse and rehospitalization following brief CBT delivered by mental health nurses in community-based patients with schizophrenia are maintained at 24-month follow-up. Occupational recovery is not improved by brief CBT.

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Clinical Neurosciences

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Local EPrints ID: 72811
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/72811
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Date deposited: 23 Feb 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:53

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Author: Navdeep Malik
Author: David Kingdon
Author: Jeremy Pelton
Author: Raj Mehta
Author: Douglas Turkington

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