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

    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

  2. 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

  3. Research article

    Enrichment activities in the medical school psychiatry programme – could this be a key to engaging medical students in psychiatry? A study from a high secure forensic psychiatric UK hospital

    The majority of research studies on medical student attitudes toward psychiatry focus on influencing factors and the medical school experience. This study evaluates the effectiveness of a one-day visit to a hi...

    Anna-Marie Mortlock, Ignazio Puzzo, Sophie Taylor, Veena Kumari, Susan Young, Samrat Sengupta and Mrigendra Das

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:83

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  4. Research article

    The quality of severe mental disorder diagnoses in a national health registry as compared to research diagnoses based on structured interview

    Utilization of diagnostic information from national patient registries rests on the quality of the registered diagnoses. We aimed to investigate the agreement and consistency of diagnoses of psychotic and bipo...

    Ragnar Nesvåg, Erik G. Jönsson, Inger Johanne Bakken, Gun Peggy Knudsen, Thomas D. Bjella, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Ingrid Melle and Ole A. Andreassen

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:93

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  5. Study protocol

    A digital intake approach in specialized mental health care: study protocol of a cluster randomised controlled trial

    Enhancing patient participation is becoming increasingly important in mental health care as patients use to have a dependent, inactive role and nonadherence to treatment is a regular problem. Research shows pr...

    Margot J. Metz, Iman Elfeddali, David G. H. Krol, Marjolein A. Veerbeek, Edwin de Beurs, Aartjan T. F. Beekman and Christina M. van der Feltz-Cornelis

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:86

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  6. Research article

    Effects of five-minute internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy and simplified emotion-focused mindfulness on depressive symptoms: a randomized controlled trial

    Notwithstanding a high expectation for internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) for reducing depressive symptoms, many of iCBT programs have limitations such as temporary effects and high drop-out ra...

    Remi Noguchi, Yoichi Sekizawa, Mirai So, Sosei Yamaguchi and Eiji Shimizu

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:85

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Mother-to-mother therapy in India and Pakistan: adaptation and feasibility evaluation of the peer-delivered Thinking Healthy Programme

    Perinatal depression is highly prevalent in South Asia. Although effective and culturally feasible interventions exist, a key bottleneck for scaled-up delivery is lack of trained human resource. The aim of thi...

    Najia Atif, Revathi N. Krishna, Siham Sikander, Anisha Lazarus, Anum Nisar, Ikhlaq Ahmad, Roopa Raman, Daniela C. Fuhr, Vikram Patel and Atif Rahman

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:79

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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