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

Dodgson, Guy and Aynsworth, Charlotte and Mitrenga, Kaja J. and Gibbs, Chistopher and Patton, Victoria and Fernyhough, Charles and Dudley, Robert and Ewels, Carina and Leach, Louise and Alderson‐Day, Ben and Common, Stephanie (2021) 'Managing unusual sensory experiences: A feasibility trial in an At Risk Mental States for psychosis group.', Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 94 (3). 481 - 503.


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.

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Date deposited:02 December 2021
Date of first online publication:15 December 2020
Date first made open access:02 December 2021

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