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Nowak, Izabela; Świtaj, Piotr; Sabariego, Carla; Oberhauser, Cornelia; Anczewska, Marta (May 2019): Development and Evaluation of a Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Behavioural Workshop for People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia. In: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Vol. 47, No. 3: pp. 400-406
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Abstract

BACKGROUND There is a need to develop culturally adapted interventions that support the personal recovery and real-world functioning of people diagnosed with schizophrenia. AIMS This study reports on the development and evaluation of a culturally adapted, recovery-oriented, cognitive behavioural workshop for service users with schizophrenia. METHOD The feasibility and acceptability were assessed, as were changes over time in personal recovery and psychosocial functioning (primary outcomes) along with psychopathology and health-related behaviours (secondary outcomes), using multi-level modelling. It was also assessed whether personal recovery predicts psychosocial functioning. RESULTS The workshop was feasible and was received favourably. Participants improved over time regarding confidence and hope, feeling less dominated by symptoms, psychosocial functioning, and psychopathology. Personal recovery predicted decreased psychosocial difficulties. CONCLUSIONS The workshop is a promising intervention. It shows potential in terms of both improving personal recovery as well as real-life functioning of people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Further workshop evaluation in a randomized controlled study is required.