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Managing unusual sensory experiences: A feasibility trial in an At Risk Mental States for psychosis group

Dodgson, Guy; Aynsworth, Charlotte; Mitrenga, Kaja J.; Gibbs, Chistopher; Patton, Victoria; Fernyhough, Charles; Dudley, Robert; Ewels, Carina; Leach, Louise; Alderson‐Day, Ben; Common, Stephanie

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Guy Dodgson

Charlotte Aynsworth

Kaja J. Mitrenga

Chistopher Gibbs

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Dr Victoria Patton
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Robert Dudley

Carina Ewels

Louise Leach

Stephanie Common


Objectives To conduct a feasibility study on a new, tablet-delivered treatment for unusual sensory experiences in service-users with an At Risk Mental States for psychosis. Design A mixed method design was employed, using content analysis to investigate whether service-users and therapists found the new treatment acceptable and helpful. We also collected data on the impact of treatment, but without a control group could not make any claims about effectiveness. Methods Eligible participants were contacted before starting treatment and offered the chance to participate. Assessments were conducted before and after the treatment, which typically was completed in 4–6 sessions by an accredited CBT therapist. A structured interview was used to collect qualitative feedback. Results Qualitative feedback suggested that the treatment was acceptable to service-users and therapists, and the progression criteria were met for recruitment, retention, and adherence to treatment. Conclusions The new treatment targeting subtypes of auditory and visual hallucinations was acceptable to service-users and the benefits of addressing psychological mechanisms thought to contribute to hallucinations was supported by qualitative feedback.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2020
Publication Date 2021-09
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2021
Journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Electronic ISSN 2044-8341
Publisher The British Psychological Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 94
Issue 3
Pages 481 - 503
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