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Neurocognitive enhancement therapy with work therapy in schizophrenia: 6-month follow-up of neuropsychological performance

Morris Bell, PhD, et al.

Figure.Patterns of effect size changes over time by condition

We randomly assigned patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder to 6 mo of work therapy (WT) or work therapy combined with neurocognitive enhancement therapy (NET + WT), a program of exercises of attention, memory, and problem-solving. Neuropsychological testing at the end of the 6 mo training and 12 mo after the training started showed greater improvement in problem solving and working memory for participants in NET + WT, although participants in both conditions improved significantly in verbal and visual memory over time. Findings suggest that cognitive training, when combined with other forms of rehabilitation, may produce lasting improvements in cognitive performance and that WT itself may also improve cognition.

Volume 44 Number 5 2007
Pages 761 — 770

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