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July 2014
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Psychiatric Services

A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association Editor: Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
Articles  |  July 1, 2014
CBT Helpful for Medication-Resistant Psychosis

Patients with schizophrenia often continue to experience disabling positive symptoms, despite adequate trials of medication. In these situations, patients may be prescribed an adjunctive medication, but a more effective choice may be cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This review of 16 published articles from 12 randomized controlled trials found that CBT was associated with robust improvements in the positive symptoms of psychotic disorders. In addition, the improvements were sustained at follow-up, the authors reported.

Assessing the Evidence Base Series  |  July 1, 2014
Review of Peer Recovery Support Services Concludes AEB Series

In recent years, peer recovery support services have become an accepted part of the treatment of substance use disorders, providing a more extensive array of services than typically associated with mutual support groups. Peer providers may help consumers set recovery goals, develop a plan, and work toward and maintain recovery. In this literature review, the last in the Assessing the Evidence Base (AEB) Series, the authors review the evidence supporting peer recovery support services, noting that more research is needed to distinguish the effects of peer recovery support from other recovery support activities.

Columns  |  July 1, 2014
Teach Us to Collaborate: Changes Needed in Residency Training?

Psychiatrists of the future will be called upon to lead teams of clinicians in increasingly complex medical care systems, but will they be prepared for those roles? The authors of this column asked alumni of the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship (PPF) to identify important skills and knowledge that were not stressed in general residency education. “Silos are rampant in our work,” complained one respondent, reflecting a common concern that not enough time was spent teaching residents to collaborate.

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