Talking therapies offer "little benefit" to people with schizophrenia, reveals a new study.
A team of scientists at University of Hertfordshire analysed over 50 studies on the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) from around the world and found that it only had a "small therapeutic effect" on schizophrenic symptoms, the BBC reported.
The study led by Keith Laws, professor of cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire, found that CBT did have a small benefit in treating delusions and hallucinations - which are characteristic symptoms of the disease.
However, according to the researchers, who looked at 52 studies carried out over the last 20 years, even this small effect disappeared when only studies using 'blind testing' were taken into account.
The study was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.