Independent Computerized Cognitive Remediation for Psychosis: An Investigation of Patient Experiences

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Abstract

Cognitive remediation (CR) training improves cognition and functioning in patients with psychosis. To date, however, few studies have investigated CR from a subjective patient perspective. We recently conducted a randomized control trial demonstrating the effectiveness of a new, low therapist support, computer-based training program. This study aims to assess the service user experience of this program. Twenty CR completers with psychosis were interviewed using both rated and open-ended questions. Thematic analysis identified three broad themes: a) benefits of doing CR, b) costs of doing CR, and c) experience of doing CR. Positive experiences of therapy participation included improved cognition, improved positive self-regard, a development of life skills, and a transfer of benefits to everyday life. Negative experiences included therapy being difficult and tiring, leading to frustration and anxiety. These findings demonstrate the feasibility of low therapist support CR and point to variables that might impact therapy adherence.

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