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Cognitive behavioural therapy for schizophrenia


Around 0.7% of the population have schizophrenia.1 This serious psychotic disorder affects psychological and social functioning, and diagnosis can lead to stigma.2 Pharmacological interventions are a key element in management,3 but are sometimes ineffective4 and nearly half of patients do not adhere to drug treatment.5 Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is now being used as adjunctive treatment in the management of patients with schizophrenia. Here we consider this approach.

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  • * For an explanation on effect size, please see DTB 2009; 47: 22–4.

  • * The CBT Register UK has a complete list of accredited CBT therapists at