SHORT COMMUNICATION Modified Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Chronic Schizophrenia: An Outpatient Clinic Based Study

1SUSMITA HALDER, AKASH KUMAR MAHATO

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Abstract:

Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) is an effective intervention for cognitive deficits inschizophrenia. The therapy often requires customization depending on cognitive and socio-demographic profile of the client. The study describes aCRT module for chronic schizophrenia modified to be more inclusive of available resources, assistance of care givers and use of computer based tasks and hypothesized to be effective in outpatient set up. Five chronic patients with schizophrenia having impaired attention, memory and executive functions underwent the modified CRT for a period of 6 months in an outpatient clinic and were followed up for one year. Improvement in the cognitive deficits as well as functional deficits in terms of disability level was found that were sustained in follow- up at 1 year. CRT gives ample scope of modification in outpatient and is effective in improving cognitive deficits in chronic patients with schizophrenia.

Keywords:

Modified cognitive remediation therapy, schizophrenia, chronic, urban outpatient

Paper Details
Month2
Year2020
Volume24
IssueIssue 2
Pages6018-6022