April 25, 2005

Meta-analysis of psychotherapy

Analysis of Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia

Articles in the May-June issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics examine (using a meta-analysis) the studies of cognitive behavioral therapy for schizophrenia.

The authors state: "there is accumulating evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can result in significant clinical benefits to these patients." Evidence shows that CBT may help reduce positive symptoms for chronic patients, as well as enhance recovery of acute patients.

An editorial responding to the above article (written by Tom Sensky of Imperial College, London) questioned the use of meta-analyses to determine the efficacy of treatments. (Editor's note: I was unable to access the text of the editorial, and so cannot comment on his specific concerns).

Source: "Psychotherapy may improve schizophrenia symptoms."
Medical News Today (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com), April 22 2005

For more information on what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is, and how it might specifically help schizophrenia symptoms, please see the following entry from the October Research Blog: http://www.schizophrenia.com/szresearch/archives/001073.html


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