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dc.contributor.authorEvans, Chris
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-20T15:57:42Z
dc.date.available2017-09-20T15:57:42Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationRichardson, P., Jones, K., Evans, C., Stevens, P. & Rowe, A. (2007). Exploratory RCT of art therapy as an adjunctive treatment in schizophrenia. Journal of Mental Health, 16 (4), pp.483-491.
dc.identifier.other10.1080/09638230701483111
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12904/9842
dc.description.abstractBackground: There is no high quality controlled trial evidence for the effectiveness of art therapy in the adjunctive treatment of schizophrenia. Aims: To conduct the first exploratory RCT of group interactive art therapy (AT) as an adjunctive treatment in chronic schizophrenia Method: The outcomes of 43 patients randomized to 12 sessions of AT were compared with those of 47 who received standard psychiatric care. Patients were assessed on a range of measures of symptoms, social functioning and quality of life at pre- and post-treatment and six-month follow-up. Results: Art therapy produced a statistically significant positive effect on negative symptoms (assessed by Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms) though had little and non-significant impact on other measures. Conclusions: Limitations of the study included insufficient statistical power and a sub-optimal level of treatment. Nevertheless, the results were sufficiently promising to justify further research along these lines. Declaration of interest: This research was funded by a grant from the London Region NHS Executive Research and Development Directorate. © Shadowfax Publishing and Informa UK Ltd.
dc.description.urihttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638230701483111
dc.subjectSchizophrenia
dc.subjectArt therapy
dc.titleExploratory RCT of art therapy as an adjunctive treatment in schizophrenia
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