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A Study of a Remediation Program of Social Cognition in Schizophrenia (REMEDCOG)

This study has been terminated.
(no reponse of the of the treatment)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris Identifier:
First received: February 26, 2010
Last updated: October 7, 2013
Last verified: October 2010
Theory of mind (ability to infer others' intention, emotion, etc) is known to be altered in patients with schizophrenia and its deficit to be correlated with their decreased social proficiency. We designed a novel cognitive therapy, that makes use of videos, aimed at learning a better use of contextual information to infer others' intentions. The aim of this study is to demonstrate, in schizophrenic patients, a quantitative improvement of their ability to infer intention of others induced by this novel training program. A secondary aim is to measure the cerebral correlates (MEG, PeV) of this social cognitive function and of its anticipated improvement.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: original cognitive therapy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Remediation of the Ability to Infer Intention of Others in Schizophrenic Patients - A Controlled, Randomized Trial (Phase IIb)

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Further study details as provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To demonstrate a measurable improvement of Theory of Mind based ability in schizophrenic patients induced by a novel cognitive therapy, as quantified by improvement of V-SIR scores (V-LIS scores in French literature). [ Time Frame: 6 MONTHS ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To measure the extension of improvement to other cognitive functions - specific or non specific - and/or to every day life aptitudes [ Time Frame: 6 MONTHS ]
  • To evaluate correlations with functional measurements (e.g., magneto-encephalography, cognitive evoked potentials) [transversal study; longitudinal study]. [ Time Frame: 6 MONTHS ]

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: original cognitive therapy Behavioral: original cognitive therapy
12 weekly sequences of an original cognitive therapy based on videos involving the learning of a better use of contextual information to infer others' intention. Group of 5 patients trained by 2 therapeutics. Comparison with a non-cognitive psychoeducational training (same organisational design).
No Intervention: no intervention

Detailed Description:

Scientific justification : Improvement by training has been demonstrated in Schizophrenic patients for various cognitive functions and skills, though not yet for the social cognition ability specifically dedicated to infer others' intention when not explicit.

Main hypothesis : Abilities to infer other's intention can improve in schizophrenic patients following specific practice.

Primary aim : To demonstrate this improvement, as quantified by improvement of V-SIR scores (V-LIS scores in French literature).

Procedure : Ten weekly sessions of a novel cognitive therapy that makes use of videos aimed at learning a better use of contextual information to infer others' intentions. Group of 5 patients trained by 2 therapists. Comparison with a non-cognitive psycho-educational training (same organisational design).

Study design : Controlled randomized simple blind study (equivalent to a Phase IIb therapeutic trial). Matched pair design. 40 patients (20 per arm).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 57 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Schizophrenia following DSM IV;
  • Age 18-57;
  • Stability of the clinical state;
  • Ability to learn;
  • Deficit in intention reading as measure with the V-SIR (V-LIS in French) test (score >13);
  • informed consent to participate to the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any other organic or neuropsychiatric disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01077791

Centre hospitalier de Versailles. Service de Psychiatrie.
Le Chesnay, France, 78157
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Principal Investigator: Catherine Bourdet, ph Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
  More Information

Responsible Party: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris Identifier: NCT01077791     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P070112
2007-A00916-47 ( Registry Identifier: idrcb )
Study First Received: February 26, 2010
Last Updated: October 7, 2013

Keywords provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:
social cognition
theory of mind
cognitive therapy
therapeutic trial
magnetoencephalography (MEG)

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