The Acceptability of Remotely Delivered Cognitive Adaptation Training

Feiyu Li, Jim Mintz, Veronica Sebastian, Chenyi Wang, Cory Kennedy, Shail Vyas, Dawn I. Velligan

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Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) is a psychosocial treatment using environmental supports such as signs, checklists, technology, and the organization of belongings to bypass cognitive and motivational impairments for those with serious behavioral health problems. We conducted a survey of 204 members of managed Medicaid in Texas to examine the acceptability of, opinions about and preferences for CAT delivered in-person (CAT) or remotely (R-CAT) where supplies would be mailed and visits would occur via videoconferencing. The telephone survey presented descriptions of CAT and R-CAT in counterbalanced order eliciting general opinions about the treatments, such as (1) whether they would accept the treatments if they were offered the day of the survey at no cost, (2) which treatment was preferred, and (3) the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with a number of statements about components of the treatments. Results indicated that both R-CAT and CAT were acceptable to respondents with overall acceptance rates significantly higher for R-CAT 87% than for CAT (78%). With respect to preferences, 27% and 28% of respondents preferred CAT and R-CAT, respectively, and 41% of respondents preferred both equally. Black respondents more often preferred in-person CAT to other alternatives. Respondents agreed that they needed help, that they were comfortable with technology, and that they believed the programs would help them. The vast majority of qualitative comments about the treatments were positive. Results suggest that it will be important to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of CAT delivered remotely in randomized trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbersgac062
JournalSchizophrenia Bulletin Open
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • compensatory strategies
  • medication adherence
  • meidicaid
  • serious mental illness
  • telehealth
  • treatment preference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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