Social psychiatry, therapy and provision of mental health care

Section edited by Linda Davies and Sharon Lawn

This is a broad section which covers general aspects of mental healthcare. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, internet in psychological research, behavior surveillance, epidemiology, psychiatric rehabilitation, health behavior, community mental health, work and mental health, occupational psychiatry and psychosocial risk factors. Epidemiology, assessment, and treatment/rehabilitation issues related to specific disorders covered by other sections are dealt with in the disorder specific sections.

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  1. Research article

    Low intensity interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): a qualitative study of mental health practitioner experiences

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating mental health disorder that can substantially impact upon quality of life and everyday functioning. Guidelines recommend pharmacological and psychological ...

    Judith Gellatly, Rebecca Pedley, Christine Molloy, Jennifer Butler, Karina Lovell and Penny Bee

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:77

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  2. Research article

    The mental health status of refugees and asylum seekers attending a refugee health clinic including comparisons with a matched sample of Australian-born residents

    The aim of this study was to survey refugees and asylum-seekers attending a Refugee Health Service in Melbourne, Australia to estimate the prevalence of psychiatric disorders based on screening measures and wi...

    Frances Shawyer, Joanne C. Enticott, Andrew A. Block, I-Hao Cheng and Graham N. Meadows

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:76

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Relevance of a subjective quality of life questionnaire for long-term homeless persons with schizophrenia

    Increasing numbers of programs are addressing the specific needs of homeless people with schizophrenia in terms of access to housing, healthcare, basic human rights and other domains. Although quality of life ...

    V. Girard, A. Tinland, J. P. Bonin, F. Olive, J. Poule, C. Lancon, T. Apostolidis, M. Rowe, T. Greacen and M. C. Simeoni

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:72

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Using video-annotation software to identify interactions in group therapies for schizophrenia: assessing reliability and associations with outcomes

    Research has shown that interactions in group therapies for people with schizophrenia are associated with a reduction in negative symptoms. However, it is unclear which specific interactions in groups are link...

    Stavros Orfanos, Syeda Ferhana Akther, Muhammad Abdul-Basit, Rosemarie McCabe and Stefan Priebe

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:65

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Recovery and decision-making involvement in people with severe mental illness from six countries: a prospective observational study

    Clinical decision-making is the vehicle of health care provision, and level of involvement predicts implementation and satisfaction. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of decision-making exper...

    Sabine Loos, Eleanor Clarke, Harriet Jordan, Bernd Puschner, Andrea Fiorillo, Mario Luciano, Tibor Ivánka, Erzsébet Magyar, Malene Krogsgaard-Bording, Helle Østermark-Sørensen, Wulf Rössler, Wolfram Kawohl, Benjamin Mayer and Mike Slade

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:38

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  6. Study protocol

    Transdiagnostic group CBT vs. standard group CBT for depression, social anxiety disorder and agoraphobia/panic disorder: Study protocol for a pragmatic, multicenter non-inferiority randomized controlled trial

    Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TCBT) manuals delivered in individual format have been reported to be just as effective as traditional diagnosis specific CBT manuals. We have translated and modifie...

    Sidse M. Arnfred, Ruth Aharoni, Morten Hvenegaard, Stig Poulsen, Bo Bach, Mikkel Arendt, Nicole K. Rosenberg and Nina Reinholt

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:37

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in a community sample in Western Kenya

    About 25% of the worldwide population suffers from mental, neurological and substance use disorders but unfortunately, up to 75% of affected persons do not have access to the treatment they need. Data on the m...

    Edith Kwobah, Steve Epstein, Ann Mwangi, Debra Litzelman and Lukoye Atwoli

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:30

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  8. Research article

    A two-phase approach for the identification of refugees with priority need for mental health care in Lebanon: a validation study

    Time and resource efficient mental disorder screening mechanisms are not available to identify the growing number of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in priority need for mental health care. The a...

    Augusto E. Llosa, Mark Van Ommeren, Kavitha Kolappa, Zeina Ghantous, Renato Souza, Pierre Bastin, Andrej Slavuckij and Rebecca F. Grais

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:28

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  9. Research article

    Increased amygdala reactivity following early life stress: a potential resilience enhancer role

    Amygdala hyper-reactivity is sometimes assumed to be a vulnerability factor that predates depression; however, in healthy people, who experience early life stress but do not become depressed, it may represent ...

    Tetsuya Yamamoto, Shigeru Toki, Greg J. Siegle, Masahiro Takamura, Yoshiyuki Takaishi, Shinpei Yoshimura, Go Okada, Tomoya Matsumoto, Takashi Nakao, Hiroyuki Muranaka, Yumiko Kaseda, Tsuneji Murakami, Yasumasa Okamoto and Shigeto Yamawaki

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:27

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Do patients prefer optimistic or cautious psychiatrists? An experimental study with new and long-term patients

    Patients seeking treatment may be assumed to prefer a psychiatrist who suggests a new treatment with confidence and optimism. Yet, this might not apply uniformly to all patients. In this study, we tested the h...

    Stefan Priebe, Gonca Ramjaun, Nadia Strappelli, Eleonora Arcidiacono, Eugenio Aguglia and Lauren Greenberg

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:26

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  11. Research article

    No regrets: Young adult patients in psychiatry report positive reactions to biobank participation

    Research in vulnerable individuals must insure voluntariness and minimize negative reactions caused by participation. This study aimed to describe consent and completion rate in young psychiatric patients in r...

    Janet L. Cunningham, Manuel Zanzi, Mimmie Willebrand, Lisa Ekselius and Mia Ramklint

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:21

    Published on: 17 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:74

  12. Debate

    An Integrated Recovery-oriented Model (IRM) for mental health services: evolution and challenges

    Over past decades, improvements in longer-term clinical and personal outcomes for individuals experiencing serious mental illness (SMI) have been moderate, although recovery has clearly been shown to be possib...

    Barry G. Frost, Srinivasan Tirupati, Suzanne Johnston, Megan Turrell, Terry J. Lewin, Ketrina A. Sly and Agatha M. Conrad

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:22

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Vocational rehabilitation for adults with psychotic disorders in a Scandinavian welfare society

    This study examined the outcomes of a vocational rehabilitation program (The Job Management Program, JUMP) for persons with psychotic disorders based on close collaboration between health and welfare services.

    Erik Falkum, Ole Klungsøyr, June Ullevoldsæter Lystad, Helen Christine Bull, Stig Evensen, Egil W. Martinsen, Svein Friis and Torill Ueland

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:24

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Strategies to reduce the stigma toward people with mental disorders in Iran: stakeholders’ perspectives

    Stigma affects all aspects of mental disorders, and is the most important risk factor for promoting mental health. The aim of this study was to explore strategies effective in reducing the stigma toward people...

    Arsia Taghva, Zahra Farsi, Yavar Javanmard, Afsaneh Atashi, Ahmad Hajebi and Ahmad Ali Noorbala

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:17

    Published on: 14 January 2017

  15. Research article

    A comparison of two psychiatric service approaches: findings from the Consultation vs. Liaison Psychiatry-Study

    Psychiatric comorbidities are common in somatically ill patients. There is a lack of data that can provide clear insights into substantial comparative advantages of different Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry (C...

    Caroline Lücke, Jürgen M. Gschossmann, Alena Schmidt, Juliane Gschossmann, Alexandra Philomena Lam, Charlotte Elizabeth Schneider, Alexandra Philipsen and Helge H. Müller

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:8

    Published on: 10 January 2017

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