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S65. Independent computerised Cognitive Remediation for Psychosis: An investigation of patient experiences

Hargreaves, April, Daly-Ryan, Niamh, Dillon, Rachael and Donohoe, Gary (2018) S65. Independent computerised Cognitive Remediation for Psychosis: An investigation of patient experiences. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 44 (1). S349. ISSN 1745-1701

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Abstract

Background
Cognitive remediation (CR) is an effective therapy, shown to improve cognitive performance and functioning in patients with psychosis. We recently conducted a randomised control trial (RCT) demonstrating the effectiveness of a new computer based therapy, conducted with little therapist support. This study aims to assess the subjective experience of the participants in this trial.

Methods
Twenty people with psychosis conducted a post-RCT questionnaire facilitated interview, which assessed their satisfaction with CR. Thematic analysis was then employed to identify common themes.

Results
Three broad themes were identified, with participants reporting a predominantly positive experience of taking part in the therapy. In particular, participants reported improved cognition, improved positive self-regard, a development of life skills and a transfer of benefits to everyday life. Whilst there were reports of the therapy being difficult and tiring, patients expressed a positive attitude towards their therapist and a reluctance to see the therapy come to a close.

Discussion
It is acceptable and beneficial for patients with psychosis to undertake independent CR therapy with reduced therapist contact.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2018 11:15
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2018 11:23
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3065

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