The retention rate was 71%.
The results from the Paranoia Checklist showed no changes across time nor between the two groups. However, both conditions showed a decline in depressive and obsessive-compulsive symptoms at a medium effect size.
The investigators conclude that the results provide partial support for the effectiveness of self-help mindfulness and PMR for depression in psychosis. Whether mindfulness delivered by a licensed therapist might lead to better treatment adherence and a superior outcome relative to PMR remains to be seen. But these results underscore that this form of self-help is a worthwhile approach to narrow the large treatment gap seen in psychosis.
Citation: Moritz S, Cludius B, et al. Mindfulness and relaxation treatment reduce depressive symptoms in individuals with psychosis. European Psychiatry. 2015 Sep;30 (6):pp. 709-14. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.05.002. Epub 2015 Jul 7
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