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Treatment Response to Rehabilitation in Patients With Schizophrenia

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Hartford Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 25, 2003
Last updated: November 7, 2013
Last verified: May 2009
This study will examine the ways in which schizophrenia-related symptoms affect response to a rehabilitation program for people with schizophrenia.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Cognitive Remediation
Behavioral: Computer-skills training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment Response to Rehabilitation in Schizophrenia

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Further study details as provided by Hartford Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Neuropsychological test battery, including measures of visual, verbal memory, and problem-solving abilities [ Time Frame: Measured pre- and post-treatment ]
  • Schizophrenia symptoms [ Time Frame: Measured pre- and post-treament ]
  • UCSD Performance-Based Skills Assessment [ Time Frame: Measured pre- and post-treatment ]

Enrollment: 46
Study Start Date: December 2001
Study Completion Date: November 2005
Primary Completion Date: November 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Participants will receive cognitive remediation treatment.
Behavioral: Cognitive Remediation
A computerized cognitive rehabilitation treatment with day-program activities
Experimental: 2
Participants will receive computer-skills training.
Behavioral: Computer-skills training
A computerized cognitive rehabilitation treatment with day-program activities

Detailed Description:

Patients with schizophrenia often suffer neurocognitive impairment and psychosocial and vocational difficulties. This study will help identify those patients most likely to benefit from existing behavioral treatments and provide clues for how to modify treatments for those who do not benefit.

Two studies will be conducted. The first will investigate the relationship of symptoms and neurocognitive variables at study entry to psychosocial and vocational status 2 years later. The second study will investigate the relationship of symptoms and neurocognitive variables at study entry to treatment response in patients assigned to either a cognitive remediation track or a computer skills track as part of their rehabilitation treatment.

Both the cognitive remediation and computer skills training programs will last 4 to 6 months. Participants will be assessed pre- and post-treatment. Neuropsychological, psychosocial and vocational status will be measured.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • DSM-IV criteria for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
  • In need of intensive outpatient care
  • Treatment with atypical antipsychotic medication for a minimum of 6 months prior to study entry

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Auditory or visual impairment
  • Mental retardation (IQ less than 70)
  • Traumatic brain injury with loss of consciousness
  • Presence or history of any neurological illness that may affect brain physiology
  • Lack of proficiency in English
  • Concurrent substance abuse and/or dependence
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00063336

United States, Connecticut
Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, Institutes of Living
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06106
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hartford Hospital
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Matthew M. Kurtz, PhD Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, Institutes of Living
  More Information

Responsible Party: Matthew M. Kurtz, PhD, Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, Institutes of Living Identifier: NCT00063336     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R03MH065377 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: June 25, 2003
Last Updated: November 7, 2013

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