Meta-cognitive skills training enhances computerized cognitive remediation outcomes among individuals with first-episode psychosis

Nicholas Jk Breitborde, Cindy Woolverton, Spencer C. Dawson, Andrew Bismark, Emily K. Bell, Christina J. Bathgate, Kaila Norman

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Abstract

Aim: Meta-cognitive skills training (MST) is a frequent component of cognitive remediation programmes for individuals with psychosis. However, no study has investigated whether incorporating such activities produces increased clinical benefits compared with computerized cognitive remediation alone. Methods: Individuals with first-episode psychosis who completed computerized cognitive remediation with concurrent meta-cognitive skills training (CCR+MST) were compared with a historical control group who received computerized cognitive remediation alone (CCR) and did not differ from the CCR+MST group with regard to pre-intervention cognition, diagnosis, age, duration of psychotic illness or sex. Participants completed assessments of cognition and real-world functioning before and after 6 months of treatment. Results: Individual receiving CCR+MST experience greater gains in cognition and real-world functioning than individuals who received CCR. Conclusions: MST may be an important component within cognitive remediation programmes for first-episode psychosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEarly Intervention in Psychiatry
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2015

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Cognitive remediation
  • First-episode psychosis
  • Meta-cognition
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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