BACKGROUND: Cognitive Remediation (CR) is an evidence-based therapy targeting cognitive difficulties in people with psychosis to promote functional recovery, but it is rarely implemented routinely. To reach more individuals, CR is beginning to be delivered remotely, but there is limited evidence to support the acceptability of this method.

AIMS: To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of remote therapist-supported CR in people with psychosis and estimate its cost and potential benefits.

METHODS: A case-series with all participants assessed before and after therapy with measures of personal goal attainment (main outcome), cognition, functioning and symptoms. Acceptability was assessed with post-therapy interviews. Feasibility was assessed using proportions and confidence intervals on pre-specified parameters. Indication of benefits was assessed with exploratory analyses comparing baseline and post-therapy scores on the pre-specified outcomes. The cost of providing remote CR was assessed from both healthcare and societal perspectives.

RESULTS: Twenty-nine participants started therapy with two dropping out; on average participants attended 25.5 sessions. Interviews suggested that remote CR had good acceptability and led to perceived benefits. Significant and large improvements were observed on goal attainment. Cost analyses suggest that remote CR has the same health care cost as face-to-face therapy but a lower societal cost.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results support the use of remote CR in psychosis services as an alternative delivery modality. This method may improve adherence, attendance and be more convenient for service users. Possible barriers such as poor digital literacy or appropriate device ownership should be addressed before starting therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-372
Number of pages6
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Early online date16 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


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