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Psychological Intervention for Relapse Prevention in First Episode Schizophrenia

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2005 by University Hospital Tuebingen.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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University Hospital Tuebingen Identifier:
First received: September 8, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2005
History: No changes posted
The study is a randomized clinical trial investigating the efficacy of a comprehensive psychological intervention for the treatment of first episode schizophrenia

Condition Intervention
Schizophrenic Disorders
Behavioral: cognitive behavioural therapy
Behavioral: psychoeducation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Psychological Intervention for Relapse Prevention in First Episode Schizophrenia

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital Tuebingen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • relapse

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • quantitative measures of symptoms
  • social functioning
  • cognitive functioning
  • quality of life

Estimated Enrollment: 106
Study Start Date: December 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2005
Detailed Description:

Patients suffering from their first episode of schizophrenic disorders are randomly allocated to either a short "information centered psychoeducation" (ICP) of 8 sessions or a "cognitive behavioral treatment" (CBT). CBT includes 8 sessions of psychoeducation, 8 sessions of computer based cognitive training, 8 sessions with relatives and 20 sessions of focusing on stress management, relapse prevention and coping with persistent symptoms.

The primary endpoint is relapse at the one and two year follow up.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of schizophrenic disorder according to ICD 10: F20
  • first episode
  • age between 18 and 55
  • willingness to give informed consent also to a double blind pharmacological treatment study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • residence outside of the catchment area
  • insufficient knowledge of the German language
  • substance abuse or addiction as primary clinical problem
  • serious physical illness
  • organic brain disease
  • pregnancy
  • contraindications to neuroleptic treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00161408

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Bonn
Bonn, Germany, 53105
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Cologne
Cologne, Germany, 50924
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Duesseldorf
Duesseldorf, Germany, 40629
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotheray, University of Muenchen
Muenchen, Germany, 80336
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tuebingen
Tuebingen, Germany, 72076
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Tuebingen
Principal Investigator: Stefan Klingberg, PD Dr. phil. Dipl. Psych. University Hospital Tuebingen
  More Information Identifier: NCT00161408     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 01GI9932-P2223
Study First Received: September 8, 2005
Last Updated: September 8, 2005

Keywords provided by University Hospital Tuebingen:
schizophrenia, first episode, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoeducation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017