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Clinical Trials Update
April 24, 2018

Virtual CBT Improves Social Functioning in Psychosis

JAMA. 2018;319(16):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.4740

Virtual reality–based cognitive behavioral therapy (VR-CBT), in addition to usual treatment, can reduce paranoia and anxiety in people with psychotic disorders, according to a study published in Lancet Psychiatry.

Half the 116 patients with a psychotic disorder and paranoid ideation practiced VR-CBT (16 individual 1-hour therapy sessions over 8 to 12 weeks) while the control group was on a waiting list. Participants in the VR-CBT group were exposed to 4 virtual social environments, where avatars were varied to match and challenge the fears of the patient.