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

    Affective concordance in couples: a cross-sectional analysis of depression and anxiety consultations within a population of 13,507 couples in primary care

    Depression and anxiety are common and have a significant impact on the individual and wider society. One theory proposed to explain a heightened risk for depression and anxiety is affective concordance in coup...

    J. Walker, J. Liddle, K. P. Jordan and P. Campbell

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:190

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  2. Research article

    Service user involvement in mental health system strengthening in a rural African setting: qualitative study

    It is essential to involve service users in efforts to expand access to mental health care in integrated primary care settings in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, there is little evidence fro...

    Sisay Abayneh, Heidi Lempp, Atalay Alem, Daniel Alemayehu, Tigist Eshetu, Crick Lund, Maya Semrau, Graham Thornicroft and Charlotte Hanlon

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:187

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  3. Research article

    Geographical accessibility and duration of untreated psychosis: distance as a determinant of treatment delay

    The duration of untreated psychosis is determined by both patient and service related factors. Few studies have considered the geographical accessibility of services in relation to treatment delay in early psy...

    Erling Inge Kvig, Beate Brinchmann, Cathrine Moe, Steinar Nilssen, Tor Ketil Larsen and Knut Sørgaard

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:176

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  4. Research article

    A cross-sectional study about associations between personality characteristics and mental health service utilization in a Korean national community sample of adults with psychiatric disorders

    Personality traits are not only associated with psychiatric symptoms, but also with treatment seeking behavior. Our purpose was to examine the relationship between mental health service utilization and persona...

    Subin Park, Yeeun Lee, Su Jeong Seong, Sung Man Chang, Jun Young Lee, Bong Jin Hahm and Jin Pyo Hong

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:170

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Antipsychotic prescribing for vulnerable populations: a clinical audit at an acute Australian mental health unit at two-time points

    Antipsychotics are recognised as a critical intervention for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Guidelines globally endorse the routine practice of antipsychotic monotherapy, at the minimum effective dose. Ev...

    Sara S McMillan, Sara Jacobs, Louise Wilson, Theo Theodoros, Gail Robinson, Claire Anderson, Gabor Mihala and Amanda J Wheeler

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:139

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Understanding experiences of and preferences for service user and carer involvement in physical health care discussions within mental health care planning

    People with severe mental illness suffer more physical comorbidity than the general population, which can require a tailored approach to physical health care discussions within mental health care planning. Alt...

    Nicola Small, Helen Brooks, Andrew Grundy, Rebecca Pedley, Chris Gibbons, Karina Lovell and Penny Bee

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:138

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  7. Research article

    A qualitative study to explore views of patients’, carers’ and mental health professionals’ to inform cultural adaptation of CBT for psychosis (CBTp) in China

    The evidence for effectiveness of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is robust and the national organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States recommend its use. It is not utilized to its full potent...

    Weihui Li, Li Zhang, Xuerong Luo, Bangshan Liu, Zhipeng Liu, Fang Lin, Zhiling Liu, Yuhuan Xie, Melissa Hudson, Shanaya Rathod, David Kingdon, Nusrat Husain, Xudong Liu, Muhammad Ayub and Farooq Naeem

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:131

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  8. Study protocol

    Rationale and design of the PLACID study: a randomised trial comparing the efficacy and safety of inhaled loxapine versus IM aripiprazole in acutely agitated patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

    The management of acute agitation manifesting in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder requires swift pharmacological intervention to provide rapid symptomatic relief and prevent escalation to aggres...

    L. San, G. Estrada, N. Oudovenko and E. Vieta

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:126

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of user-driven intervention to prevent aggressive events in psychiatric services

    People admitted to psychiatric hospitals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia may display behavioural problems. These may require management approaches such as use of coercive practices, which impact the well-bei...

    Maritta Välimäki, Min Yang, Sharon-Lise Normand, Kate R. Lorig, Minna Anttila, Tella Lantta, Virve Pekurinen and Clive E. Adams

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:123

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Clinicians’ adherence to clinical practice guidelines for cardiac function monitoring during antipsychotic treatment: a retrospective report on 434 patients with severe mental illness

    Severe mental illness (SMI) has considerable excess morbidity and mortality, a proportion of which is explained by cardiovascular diseases, caused in part by antipsychotic (AP) induced QT-related arrhythmias a...

    Mirko Manchia, Giorgio Firinu, Bernardo Carpiniello and Federica Pinna

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:121

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Loneliness in the general population: prevalence, determinants and relations to mental health

    While loneliness has been regarded as a risk to mental and physical health, there is a lack of current community data covering a broad age range. This study used a large and representative German adult sample ...

    Manfred E. Beutel, Eva M. Klein, Elmar Brähler, Iris Reiner, Claus Jünger, Matthias Michal, Jörg Wiltink, Philipp S. Wild, Thomas Münzel, Karl J. Lackner and Ana N. Tibubos

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:97

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  12. Research article

    The mediational role of physical activity, social contact and stroke on the association between age, education, employment and dementia in an Asian older adult population

    Our study aimed to investigate the pathways by which socio-demographic factors, modifiable health and lifestyle risk factors influence each other, and subsequently, lead to dementia.

    Edimansyah Abdin, Siow Ann Chong, Chao Xu Peh, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Boon Yiang Chua, Swapna Verma, Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Saleha Shafie and Mythily Subramaniam

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:98

    Published on: 20 March 2017

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