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Critically Appraised Topic

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Clinical Question

What are the effects of social skills training on individuals with schizophrenia?

Clinical Bottom Line

The best evidence RCT comparing treatment as usual versus treatment as usual plus cognitive behavioral (CBT) and social skills training (SST) for middle-aged and older outpatients with chronic schizophrenia determined that individuals who received treatment-as-usual plus CBT and SST performed social functioning activities significantly more frequently than individuals who received treatment-as-usual.

The 4 other best evidence critically appraised articles also found significant evidence to support the utilization of SST to improve areas of social function for individuals with schizophrenia.