When is cognitive remediation most effective in patients with schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Cognitive remediation works best when patients are stable. Improvement occurs across numerous cognitive functions, and changes are found on brain imaging that reflect these changes in brain functioning.

Cognitive remediation techniques are time-intensive and labor-intensive. Because cognitive deficits are multiple and vary from person to person, such techniques seem to work best when specifically tailored to each patient. When combined with other therapies, such as supported employment, cognitive remediation leads to clinically relevant improvements. [116] These effects are durable, lasting even after the training has stopped. [117]


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