This paper describes the characteristics and outcome of the first 20 patients seen by a newly appointed specialist registrar in cognitive therapy. The outcome of the first (cases 1–10) and second (cases 11–20) cohorts were evaluated to assess if training had any impact on clinical effectiveness.
Comorbidity was common, but more patients improved following the intervention (effect size=0.64–1.34). The 25% therapy drop-out rate was comparable with previously reported rates. Four out of five patients who dropped out had Cluster B personality disorders. The two cohorts showed similar baseline characteristics, but the second cohort showed improved outcome (effect size of training=0.89–1.04) and had a significantly shorter course of therapy (P=0.02).
Specialist registrar training in cognitive therapy provides experience in treating a wide variety of mental disorders. The routine collection and analysis of clinical and psychometric data helps identify training effectiveness and training needs. The data demonstrate that training was associated with improved patient outcomes.
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