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Cognitive-behavioural therapy for schizophrenia: Filling the therapeutic vacuum

  • Douglas Turkington (a1), David Kingdon (a2) and Paul Chadwick (a3)
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When does a therapeutic intervention become an accepted part of standard clinical practice? Is it when there is sufficient research evidence? But what constitutes ‘sufficient’? What about available resources and acceptability to patients? Do we have to wait until the National Institute for Clinical Excellence pronounces? A convincing evidence base for family work in schizophrenia (Kuipers, 2000) has existed for many years but has been poorly implemented (Anderson & Adams, 1996). Will cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for psychosis suffer the same fate? Which professional group will champion such an implementation? The evidence for other psychological treatments is less robust. Psychoeducation may prolong time to relapse and improve insight but at the cost of increasing suicidal ideation (Carroll et al, 1998). Personal therapy (Hogarty et al, 1997) may be of value but is contra-indicated for patients who are living alone in the community. Psychodynamic approaches are advocated (Mace & Margison, 1997) but most psychiatrists do not support their use in practice, owing to lack of evidence of efficacy.

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Douglas Turkington, Department of Psychiatry Leazes Wing, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NEI 4LP, UK
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Cognitive-behavioural therapy for schizophrenia: Filling the therapeutic vacuum

  • Douglas Turkington (a1), David Kingdon (a2) and Paul Chadwick (a3)
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