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Interventions for PTSD symptoms in people with psychosis and schizophrenia:- What is the benefit of a CBT-based trauma reprocessing intervention on PTSD symptoms in people with psychosis and schizophrenia?
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Why this is important:- PTSD symptoms have been documented in approximately one-third of people with psychosis and schizophrenia. The absence of PTSD symptoms in this context predicts better mental health outcomes, lower service use and improved life satisfaction. Two-thirds of the traumatic intrusions, observed in first episode and established psychosis, relate to symptoms of psychosis and its treatment (including detention). One study has demonstrated proof-of-principle in first episode psychosis for trauma reprocessing, focusing on psychosis-related intrusions. Replication of the study will fill a major gap in treatment for this population and may have other benefits on psychotic symptoms and service use.
The suggested programme of research would use an adequately powered, multi-centre randomised trial to test whether a CBT-based trauma reprocessing intervention can reduce PTSD symptoms and related distress in people with psychosis and schizophrenia. The trial should be targeted at those with high levels of PTSD symptoms, particularly traumatic intrusions, following first episode psychosis. The follow-up should be up to 2 years and the intervention should include 'booster' elements, extra sessions of CBT-based trauma reprocessing interventions, and a health economic evaluation.

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Comes from guidance
Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults: prevention and management
Date issued
February 2014

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Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 13/03/2014