A holistic neuropsychological approach to cognitive remediation for a community-based mixed psychiatric sample

Jamie Berry, Donel Martin, Karen Wallace, Anthony Miller, Travis Wearne, Melanie Porter

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    Background: Improved real world functioning is the ultimate goal of cognitive rehabilitation (which was developed for an acquired brain injury population), however, cognitive remediation for psychiatric populations focuses primarily on cognitive interventions (e.g., computerized cognitive training) and utilizes cognitive test results as outcomes. A broader range of neuropsychological interventions and outcome measures, incorporating real-world measures of functioning, is recommended for cognitive remediation program evaluation.
    Objective: To determine the feasibility and explore the effectiveness of a holistic cognitive remediation program administered by clinical neuropsychologists for a community-based mixed psychiatric treatment- seeking sample.
    Method: Twenty-five adults of mixed psychiatric aetiology were referred for a 10-week intervention (including four hours of weekly individual and group-based sessions). A broad array of outcomes was assessed post-intervention. Functional status, self-reported cognitive symptoms and quality of life was assessed at 11.3 months follow-up.
    Results: Eighteen of the referred participants (72%) completed the intervention. Completers showed: a high rate of functional cognitive goal attainment; increased employment rates; improved symptoms of psychological distress and quality of life; reduced self-report of cognitive difficulties; and improved auditory attention span and verbal memory. Self-report of reduced cognitive difficulties and improved quality of life was maintained approximately one year later. The majority of participants reported very high levels of satisfaction with the program.
    Conclusions: This intervention was acceptable to participants and associated with high satisfaction rates and gains in cognitive, psychological and functional outcomes. Findings suggest there are multiple benefits to adopting an intervention program that is holistic, individualized to the goals of the patient and facilitated by trained neuropsychologists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1010
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalSM Journal of Psychiatry and Mental Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017

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    • neuropsychological intervention
    • neurocognitive behavioral
    • cognitive rehabilitation
    • real world functioning
    • functional outcome


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