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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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