Evidence from one small randomised controlled trial (RCT)
indicates that CBT may offer some potential to improve symptoms and
reduce aggressive behaviour in patients with schizophrenia.
However, results were inconsistent and findings may have limited
generalisability, as the trial was conducted in patients with
severe symptoms and a history of violence, the majority of whom
were resident in a secure unit.
Further large, high quality RCTs are needed to confirm the
findings of this trial and to investigate the effectiveness of CBT
in patients with less severe disease and at different stages (acute
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