Journal article

Acute-phase and 1-year follow-up results of a randomized controlled trial of CBT versus Befriending for first-episode psychosis: the ACE project

HJ Jackson, PD McGorry, E Killackey, S Bendall, K Allott, P Dudgeon, J Gleeson, T Johnson, S Harrigan

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ACE project involved 62 participants with a first episode of psychosis randomly assigned to either a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) intervention known as Active Cognitive Therapy for Early Psychosis (ACE) or a control condition known as Befriending. The study hypotheses were that: (1) treating participants with ACE in the acute phase would lead to faster reductions in positive and negative symptoms and more rapid improvement in functioning than Befriending; (2) these improvements in symptoms and functioning would be sustained at a 1-year follow-up; and (3) ACE would lead to fewer hospitalizations than Befriending as assessed at the 1-year follow-up. METHOD: Two therapists ..

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