Is longer treatment better? A comparison study of 3 versus 6 months cognitive remediation in schizophrenia

M Buonocore, M Bosia, Margherita Bechi, M Spangaro, S Cavedoni, F Cocchi, Carmelo Guglielmino, L Bianchi, AR Mastromatteo, R Cavallaro

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OBJECTIVE: Despite its extensive use for treating cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, computer-assisted cognitive remediation (CACR) currently lacks a standardized protocol. Duration is an important feature to be defined, as it may contribute to heterogeneous outcome. This study compares 2 treatment durations, 3 versus 6 months, to analyze their effects on both cognition and daily functioning. METHOD: Fifty-seven outpatients with schizophrenia received 3 months of CACR and 41 received 6 months of CACR. All patients were assessed at baseline and after 3 and 6 months with the Brief Assessment for Cognition in Schizophrenia and with the Quality of Life Scale (QLS). RESULTS: Repeated measures ANOVA showed significant improvements in all cognitive domains after 3 months. A significant effect of treatment duration was observed only for executive functions, with significantly higher scores among patients treated for 6 months. Significant improvements in QLS were also observed after 6 months in both groups, with a significant time by treatment interaction for QLS Total Score. CONCLUSIONS: Results confirm the efficacy of 3-months CACR in terms of both cognitive and functional improvements, suggesting that an extended intervention may lead to further benefits in executive functions and daily functioning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-473
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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