AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial

The Lancet Psychiatry

Fecha de publicación: 23 November 2017

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(17)30427-3

Autores: Prof Tom KJ Craig, Mar Rus-Calafell, PhD, Thomas Ward, DClinPsy, Prof Julian P Leff, FRCPsych, Prof Mark Huckvale, PhD, Elizabeth Howarth, PhD, Prof Richard Emsley, PhD, Prof Philippa A Garety, PhD

 Background: A quarter of people with psychotic conditions experience persistent auditory verbal hallucinations, despite treatment. AVATAR therapy (invented by Julian Leff in 2008) is a new approach in which people who hear voices have a dialogue with a digital representation (avatar) of their presumed persecutor, voiced by the therapist so that the avatar responds by becoming less hostile and concedes power over the course of therapy. We aimed to investigate the effect of AVATAR therapy on auditory verbal hallucinations, compared with a supportive counselling control condition.



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