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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John K. Larson, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a thought-provoking collection of articles by psychotherapy researchers in the United Kingdom and two academic centers in the U.S. The idea for this book arose out of a conference in Cambridge, England, in September 1995, which provided a forum for a critical discussion about the utility of psychotherapy, particularly cognitive therapy, and its impact on outcome in schizophrenia. It consists primarily of previously unpublished articles.
Purpose: It is intended to provide a review of the evidence for the efficacy and utility of psychological treatments and to illuminate the need for further research to identify specific treatment effects.
Audience: The targeted audience includes psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, nurses, and researchers.
Features: Each chapter contains a well-written, concise review of its topic from theory to practical application, sometimes provocative, with an emphasis on practicality. Topics include an excellent overview of current thinking on the cognitive origins of schizophrenia; outcome measurement; cognitive approaches to delusions, thought disorder, hallucinations, and concomitant depression; working with families; and practical cost-effectiveness analyses. Each chapter concludes with an excellent and generally extensive bibliography to assist in-depth study of the topics presented.
Assessment: This is a challenging and useful publication that should serve well as a helpful blueprint for the thoughtful development of an evidence-based approach to the psychotherapy of schizophrenia. It is one of those unusual books which will reward any reader who possesses an interest in cognitive psychotherapy, outcome measurement, and/or schizophrenia, whether practicing clinician or academician.