A card game for the treatment of delusional ideas: A naturalistic pilot trial

Khazaal, Yasser; Favrod, Jérôme; Libbrecht, Joël; Finot, Sophie Claude; Azoulay, Silke; Benzakin, Laetitia; Oury-Delamotte, Myriam; Follack, Christian; Pomini, Valentino
January 2006
BMC Psychiatry;2006, Vol. 6, p48
Academic Journal
Background: "Michael's game" is a card game which aims at familiarizing healthcare professionals and patients with cognitive behavioral therapy of psychotic symptoms. This naturalistic study tests the feasibility and the impact of the intervention in various naturalistic settings. Method: Fifty five patients were recruited in seven centers. They were assessed in pre and posttest with the Peters Delusion Inventory - 21 items (PDI-21). Results: Forty five patients completed the intervention significantly reducing their conviction and preoccupation scores on the PDI-21. Conclusion: This pilot study supports the feasibility and effectiveness of "Michael's game" in naturalistic setting. Additional studies could validate the game in a controlled fashion.


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