Work Activity Augmented by Cognitive Rehabilitation for Schizophrenia

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 2, 2007
Last Update Posted : September 11, 2017
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development

Brief Summary:

This research investigates the benefits of productive activity and cognitive rehabilitation for patients with schizophrenia. Key questions are:

  1. does cognitive rehabilitation plus work activity produce better outcomes than work activity alone?
  2. Is cognitive rehabilitation more helpful for individuals with moderate or greater cognitive impairment than for individuals without such impairment?
  3. Does cognitive rehabilitation reduce the dropout rate and increase participation in work activity for cognitively impaired subjects?
  4. What features of cognitive rehabilitation are most important for clinical and rehabilitation outcomes?

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Schizoaffective Disorder Behavioral: cognitive rehabilitation Procedure: work therapy Behavioral: work therapy Phase 2 Phase 3

Detailed Description:
This is a randomized, matching study in which subjects are stratified by degree of cognitive impairment, then randomly assigned to one of two conditions: Work Services Only vs. Work Services plus cognitive rehabilitation. Longitudinal analysis of work activity, work performance, symptoms, quality of life, cognitive function and service utilization are made.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 150 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Work Activity Augmented by Cognitive Rehabilitation: Continuation and Follow-up
Study Start Date : October 2000
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: 1
work therapy
Procedure: work therapy
opportunity to work in carefully supervised hospital job
Other Name: IWT

Behavioral: work therapy
work therapy

Experimental: 2
work therapy plus cognitive remediation
Behavioral: cognitive rehabilitation
computer training
Other Name: computer training

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Neuropsychological test performance [ Time Frame: data collection completed ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hours of productive activity [ Time Frame: data collection completed ]
  2. Hours worked [ Time Frame: data collection completed ]
  3. Quality of life [ Time Frame: data collection completed ]
  4. Psychiatric symptoms [ Time Frame: data collection completed ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder

Exclusion Criteria:

  • change in psychiatric medications or housing within 30 days of study intake
  • episode of drug abuse within 30 days of study intake
  • GAF score 30 or less
  • known neurological disease or developmental disability

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00430560

United States, Connecticut
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
West Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06516
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Principal Investigator: Morris D Bell, Ph.D. VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Publications of Results:

Other Publications:
Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT00430560     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: D2356-R
First Posted: February 2, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 11, 2017
Last Verified: September 2017

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
work therapy
cognitive rehabilitation
schizoaffective disorder
treatment outcome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders