Cognitive remediation in schizophrenia: Background, techniques, evidence of efficacy and perspectives

A. Vita, S. Barlati, M. Bellani, P. Brambilla

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Abstract

Impairment of cognitive functions is a core feature of schizophrenia with relevant consequences on patients' psychosocial functioning. Cognitive remediation techniques have been recently developed with the aim to restore or compensate for such impairments and improve the functional outcome of the disease. There is now convincing evidence of the efficacy of many of these techniques, especially when delivered in the context of a comprehensive treatment programme. Whether the application of these techniques in the early phases of the disease could modify the disease course and outcome and how they could affect brain plasticity and the trajectory of brain disease of schizophrenia is still under scrutiny.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalEpidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Outcome
  • Remediation
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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