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. Study protocol

    Facing unemployment: study protocol for the implementation and evaluation of a community-based intervention for psychological well-being promotion

    Economic crises and unemployment have profound impact on mental health and well-being. Main goal of the Healthy Employment (HE) project is to enhance intersectoral actions promoting mental health among unemplo...

    Ana Virgolino, Maria João Heitor, Joana Carreiras, Elisa Lopes, Simon Øverland, Steffen Torp, Dora Guðmundsdóttir, José Pereira Miguel, M. Fátima Reis and Osvaldo Santos

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:261

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Crisis resolution and home treatment: stakeholders’ views on critical ingredients and implementation in England

    Crisis resolution teams (CRTs) can provide effective home-based treatment for acute mental health crises, although critical ingredients of the model have not been clearly identified, and implementation has bee...

    Nicola Morant, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Danielle Lamb, Kate Fullarton, Eleanor Brown, Beth Paterson, Hannah Istead, Kathleen Kelly, David Hindle, Sarah Fahmy, Claire Henderson, Oliver Mason and Sonia Johnson

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:254

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Missed diagnoses in African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder: the structured clinical interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders (SCID-I)

    Research on the utility of structured interviews in assessing OCD is scarce, and even more so, in its use for OCD in African Americans. The purpose of this study was to examine the utility of the Structured Cl...

    Gregory S. Chasson, Monnica T. Williams, Darlene M. Davis and Jessica Y. Combs

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:258

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Identifying classes of persons with mild intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning: a latent class analysis

    Persons with mild intellectual disability or borderline intellectual functioning are often studied as a single group with similar characteristics. However, there are indications that differences exist within t...

    Peter J. G. Nouwens, Rosanne Lucas, Nienke B. M. Smulders, Petri J. C. M. Embregts and Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:257

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  5. Research article

    A prospective, quantitative study of mental health act assessments in England following the 2007 amendments to the 1983 act: did the changes fulfill their promise?

    In 2008, the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2007 amendments to the MHA 1983 were implemented in England and Wales. The amendments were intended to remove perceived obstacles to the detention of high risk patients wit...

    Swaran P. Singh, Moli Paul, Helen Parsons, Tom Burns, Peter Tyrer, Seena Fazel, Shoumitro Deb, Zoebia Islam, Jorun Rugkåsa, Ruchika Gajwani, Lavanya Thana and Michael J. Crawford

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:246

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  6. Research article

    A process evaluation exploring the lay counsellor experience of delivering a task shared psycho-social intervention for perinatal depression in Khayelitsha, South Africa

    Task sharing of psycho-social interventions for perinatal depression has been shown to be feasible, acceptable and effective in low and middle-income countries. This study conducted a process evaluation explor...

    Memory Munodawafa, Crick Lund and Marguerite Schneider

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:236

    Published on: 1 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Overview of post-discharge predictors for psychiatric re-hospitalisations: a systematic review of the literature

    High levels of hospital readmission (rehospitalisation rates) is widely used as indicator of a poor quality of care. This is sometimes also referred to as recidivism or heavy utilization. Previous studies have...

    R. Sfetcu, S. Musat, P. Haaramo, M. Ciutan, G. Scintee, C. Vladescu, K. Wahlbeck and H. Katschnig

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:227

    Published on: 24 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Task shifting interpersonal counseling for depression: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial in primary care

    Task shifting approaches (rational redistribution of tasks among health workforce teams) to train lay professionals to assist with integrating mental health treatment in primary care has been recommended to cl...

    Camila T. Matsuzaka, Milton Wainberg, Andrea Norcini Pala, Elis V. Hoffmann, Bruno M. Coimbra, Rosaly F. Braga, Annika C. Sweetland and Marcelo F. Mello

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:225

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  9. Research article

    In-patient costs of agitation and containment in a mental health catchment area

    There is a scarce number of studies on the cost of agitation and containment interventions and their results are still inconclusive. We aimed to calculate the economic consequences of agitation events in an in...

    Antoni Serrano-Blanco, Maria Rubio-Valera, Ignacio Aznar-Lou, Luisa Baladón Higuera, Karina Gibert, Alfredo Gracia Canales, Lisette Kaskens, José Miguel Ortiz and Luis Salvador-Carulla

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:212

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Examining differences in cognitive and affective theory of mind between persons with high and low extent of somatic symptoms: an experimental study

    Medically unexplained somatic symptoms are common, associated with disability and strongly related to depression and anxiety disorders. One interesting, but to date rarely tested, hypothesis is that deficits i...

    Mira A. Preis, Dennis Golm, Birgit Kröner-Herwig and Antonia Barke

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:200

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  11. Study protocol

    Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    A considerable number of people with a mental illness are parents caring for dependent children. For those with a mental illness, parenting can provide a sense of competence, belonging, identity and hope and h...

    Darryl Maybery, Melinda Goodyear, Andrea Reupert, Jade Sheen, Warren Cann, Kim Dalziel, Phillip Tchernagovski, Brendan O’Hanlon and Henry von Doussa

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:198

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  12. Research article

    Mental health training programmes for non-mental health trained professionals coming into contact with people with mental ill health: a systematic review of effectiveness

    The police and others in occupations where they come into close contact with people experiencing/with mental ill health, often have to manage difficult and complex situations. Training is needed to equip them ...

    Alison Booth, Arabella Scantlebury, Adwoa Hughes-Morley, Natasha Mitchell, Kath Wright, William Scott and Catriona McDaid

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:196

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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