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Habit reversal training and educational group treatments for children with tourette syndrome: A preliminary randomised controlled trial

Yates, R; Edwards, K; King, J; Luzon, O; Evangeli, M; Stark, D; McFarlane, F; ... Murphy, T; + view all (2016) Habit reversal training and educational group treatments for children with tourette syndrome: A preliminary randomised controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy , 80 pp. 43-50. 10.1016/j.brat.2016.03.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Quality of life of children with Tourette Syndrome (TS) is impacted greatly by its symptoms and their social consequences. Habit Reversal Training (HRT) is effective but has not, until now, been empirically evaluated in groups. This randomised controlled trial evaluated feasibility and preliminary efficacy of eight HRT group sessions compared to eight Education group sessions. Thirty-three children aged 9-13 years with TS or Chronic Tic Disorder took part. Outcomes evaluated were tic severity and quality of life (QoL). Tic severity improvements were found in both groups. Motor tic severity (Yale Global Tic Severity Scale) showed greatest improvements in the HRT group. Both groups showed a strong tendency toward improvements in patient reported QoL. In conclusion, group-based treatments for TS are feasible and exposure to other children with tics did not increase tic expression. HRT led to greater reductions in tic severity than Education. Implications, such as cost-effectiveness of treatment delivery, are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Habit reversal training and educational group treatments for children with tourette syndrome: A preliminary randomised controlled trial
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2016.03.003
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2016.03.003
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. This manuscript version is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Children, Education, Group, Habit reversal training, Randomised controlled trial, Tourette syndrome
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1481234
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