Cadence SCIT

Cadence SCIT is the third clinical trial in the Cadence series

The trial aims to determine if receiving social cognition interaction training (SCIT) improves psychosocial functioning in people with schizophrenia. We will compare this treatment with another type of group therapy that helps people recover from mental disorders.

Functional deficits (i.e. social skill, community functioning) are a core feature of schizophrenia. These deficits are not always improved via medication.

While established treatments like social skills training and cognitive remediation improve the specific skills they target, these changes may not help people cope with aspects such as socializing.

Social cognition is a set of cognitive processes applied to the recognition, understanding, accurate processing, and effective use of social cues in real-world situations.

There is growing evidence that social cognition plays a very specific and important role in psychosocial functioning in people with schizophrenia.

Social cognition interaction training (SCIT) is a non-invasive, talking therapy comprised of three phases:

  1. Introduction and emotions
  2. Figuring out situations
  3. Checking it out

The training is delivered in a group format. Training materials include photographs and film clips of actors demonstrating difficulties in social cognition and social skills.

A series of trials has demonstrated that SCIT is associated with improvements in social cognition and social functioning among people with schizophrenia.

The Cadence SCIT trial aims to examine if Social Cognition Interaction Training (SCIT) is a safe and effective treatment for those with schizophrenia.

This research has been initiated by the Coordinating Principal Investigator Dr Frances Dark (Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service) and Principal Investigator Associate Professor James Scott (The University of Queensland).

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