Modified form of cognitive adaptation training (CAT), better results for people with schizophrenia

A modified version of a successful treatment is improving the day-to-day lives of people with schizophrenia, and its shorter, more sustainable approach could make the beneficial treatment available to more people.

A team from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Texas collaborated to develop and test a modified form of cognitive adaptation training (CAT), an intensive treatment that addresses the symptoms of schizophrenia that are frequently neglected but often the most debilitating: executive functioning (such as planning, reasoning and problem-solving), motivation and impulsivity.

Based on a pilot study, a shorter course of CAT complemented by less intensive followup not only delivers the same benefits for people with schizophrenia, but is successful at helping them sustain their gains over the long term.

Now, the CAMH team is testing the modified CAT model in a randomized controlled trial as the next stage of their research into how to make further gains for people with this mental illness.