The CODES trial is a randomised controlled study looking at a treatment for Dissociative (Non-Epileptic) Seizures.
Dissociative Seizures are attacks that look like epilepsy, typically with a blackout. The person may have shaking movements or fall down and lie still. Dissociative Seizures are genuine, common and distressing for patients and those around them.
The CODES trial is testing whether a type of talking treatment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), helps patients with Dissociative Seizures.
The trial, funded by NIHR (National Institute of Health Research), is designed to find out whether CBT is worth having in addition to standardised medical care. It could be that it is, it might be that it isnt - that is what the trial is designed to find out.
This website represents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (Health Technology Assessment programme, 12/26/01, COgnitive behavioural therapy vs standardised medical care for adults with Dissociative non-Epileptic Seizures: A multicentre randomised controlled trial (CODES)). The views expressed on this website are those of the research team and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health. The CODES research team also acknowledges the financial support of NHS Research Scotland (NRS) through the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility.