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ISRN Rehabilitation
Volume 2013, Article ID 984932, 6 pages
Review Article

An Overview of Cognitive Remediation Therapy for People with Severe Mental Illness

1Adelaide Health Service, Northern Mental Health Directorate, Department of Health and Ageing, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia
2Mental Health Services (SA), Ramsay Health Care, The Adelaide Clinic, Adelaide, SA 5082, Australia
3Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia

Received 14 December 2012; Accepted 1 January 2013

Academic Editors: K. Hashimoto, K.-H. Lin, and M. Schmitter-Edgecombe

Copyright © 2013 Cherrie Galletly and Ashlee Rigby. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cognitive remediation refers to nonpharmacological methods of improving cognitive function in people with severe mental disorders. Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) can be delivered via computerised programs, of varying length and complexity, or can be undertaken one-on-one by a trained clinician. There has been a considerable interest in cognitive remediation, driven by recognition that cognitive deficits are a major determinant of outcome in people with severe, chronic mental illnesses. CRT has been shown to be effective, especially if combined with vocational rehabilitation.