Cognitive behaviour therapy with coping training for persistent auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia: a naturalistic follow-up study of the durability of effects
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2001
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 103, Issue 5, pages 393–399, May 2001
How to Cite
Wiersma, D., Jenner, J. A., Van De Willige, G., Spakman, M. and Nienhuis, F. J. (2001), Cognitive behaviour therapy with coping training for persistent auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia: a naturalistic follow-up study of the durability of effects. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 103: 393–399. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2001.00213.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication November 3, 2000
- cognitive behaviour therapy;
- coping behaviour;
- follow-up studies
Objective: To investigate the durability of positive effects of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) with coping training on psychotic symptoms and social functioning.
Method: Forty patients with schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders and refractory auditory hallucinations were given CBT and coping training in an integrated single family treatment programme. In a naturalistic study patients were followed after 2 and 4 years since the start of treatment.
Results: The treatment improved overall burden of ‘hearing voices’, with a generalization into daily functioning. Improvement with regard to fear, loss of control, disturbance of thought and interference with thinking was sustained by 60% of the patients while one-third improved further. Complete disappearance of hallucinations occurred in 18% of the patients.
Conclusion: CBT with coping training can improve both overall symptomatology and quality of life, even over longer periods of time, but a status of persistent disablement indicates a continuing need for mental health care.