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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. Content type: Research article

    Humor trainings have positive effects on mental health and well-being. However, studies investigating the effects of humor trainings in clinical samples are still rare. This study investigated the efficacy and...

    Authors: Nektaria Tagalidou, Eva Distlberger, Viola Loderer and Anton-Rupert Laireiter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:93

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    Research into termination of long-term psychosocial treatment of mental disorders is scarce. Yearly 25% of people in Dutch mental health services receive long-term treatment. They account for many people, cont...

    Authors: B. Koekkoek, B. van Meijel, A. Perquin and G. Hutschemaekers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:92

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Ambulance personnel, as well as other emergency services like fire-fighters or the police force, are regularly confronted with experiences of extreme psychological distress and potentially traumatizing events ...

    Authors: Klemens Ragger, Michaela Hiebler-Ragger, Günter Herzog, Hans-Peter Kapfhammer and Human Friedrich Unterrainer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:89

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Experiencing conflict and displacement can have a negative impact on an individual’s mental health. Currently, prevalence of mental health disorders (MHDs) at the primary care level in post-conflict areas with...

    Authors: Shannon Doherty, E. Hulland, B. Lopes-Cardozo, S. Kirupakaran, R. Surenthirakumaran, S. Cookson and C. Siriwardhana

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:83

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy increases the risk of pharmacological interactions, prevalence of secondary effects and with this the lack of adherence to treatment. It is estimated that between 10 and 40% of patients hospitaliz...

    Authors: J. Carmona-Huerta, S. Castiello-de Obeso, J. Ramírez-Palomino, R. Duran-Gutiérrez, D. Cardona-Muller, F. Grover-Paez, P. Fernández-Dorantes and R. Medina-Dávalos

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:78

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Family caregivers play crucial roles in taking care of people experiencing schizophrenia in the community. The burdens on and needs of caregivers of these patients should be emphasized. This study aimed to exp...

    Authors: Lifen Chen, Yali Zhao, Juan Tang, Guanghui Jin, Yanli Liu, Xuexue Zhao, Chao Chen and Xiaoqin Lu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:75

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The medical-ethical dilemmas related to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (EAS) in psychiatric patients are highly relevant in an international context. EAS in psychiatric patients appears to become mo...

    Authors: Kirsten Evenblij, H. Roeline W. Pasman, Rosalie Pronk and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:74

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Background: Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) is a curriculum-based rehabilitation program for people with severe mental illness with the short-term aim of improving illness self-management and the long-te...

    Authors: Sofie Bratberg Jensen, Helle Stentoft Dalum, Lisa Korsbek, Carsten Hjorthøj, John Hagel Mikkelsen, Karin Thomsen, Kristen Kistrup, Mette Olander, Jane Lindschou, Kim T. Mueser, Merete Nordentoft and Lene Falgaard Eplov

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:65

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Since anxiety and depressive disorders often recur, self-management competencies are crucial for improving the long-term course of anxiety and depressive disorders. However, few relapse prevention programmes a...

    Authors: Esther Krijnen-de Bruin, Anna D. T. Muntingh, Adriaan W. Hoogendoorn, Annemieke van Straten, Neeltje M. Batelaan, Otto R. Maarsingh, Anton J. L. M. van Balkom and Berno van Meijel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:64

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Clinically operated community-based residential rehabilitation units (Community Rehabilitation Units) are resource intensive services supporting a small proportion of the people with severe and persisting ment...

    Authors: Stephen Parker, Gordon Hopkins, Dan Siskind, Meredith Harris, Gemma McKeon, Frances Dark and Harvey Whiteford

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:55

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Web-based mental health applications may be beneficial, but adoption is often low leaving optimal implementation and payment models unclear. This study examined which users were interested in extended access t...

    Authors: Jennifer M. Hensel, James Shaw, Noah M. Ivers, Laura Desveaux, Simone N. Vigod, Zachary Bouck, Nike Onabajo, Payal Agarwal, Geetha Mukerji, Rebecca Yang, Megan Nguyen, Lianne Jeffs, Trevor Jamieson and R. Sacha Bhatia

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:39

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Surveying patients’ satisfaction is essential to improve patient-centered care, however, studies on satisfaction and their correlates among psychiatric inpatients are rare in China. This study aimed to measure...

    Authors: Feng Jiang, Jeffrey Rakofsky, Huixuan Zhou, Linlin Hu, Tingfang Liu, Shichao Wu, Pengyu Zhao, Huanzhong Liu, Yuanli Liu and Yi-lang Tang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:19

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Evidence is mounting that patient-reported experience can provide a valuable indicator of the quality of healthcare services. However, little is known about the relationship between the experiences of people w...

    Authors: L. Aimola, J. Gordon-Brown, A. Etherington, K. Zalewska, S. Cooper and M. J. Crawford

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:17

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Violence against intimate partners is a worldwide public health problem. Cognitive behavioural therapy delivered in a group format is widely used for the treatment of men’s violent behaviour towards their fema...

    Authors: Merete Berg Nesset, Mariela Loreto Lara-Cabrera, Therese Kristine Dalsbø, Sindre Andre Pedersen, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard and Tom Palmstierna

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:11

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In 2006, the British government launched ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT), a low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy intervention (LiCBT) designed to manage people with symptoms of anxiet...

    Authors: Sharon Lawn, Nancy Huang, Sara Zabeen, David Smith, Malcolm Battersby, Paula Redpath, Fiona Glover, Anthony Venning, Jane Cameron and Kate Fairweather-Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:2

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Despite the scarce evidence for patients’ benefits of coercion and its well-documented negative effects, the use of compulsion is still very common around Europe, with important variations among different coun...

    Authors: Benedetta Silva, Philippe Golay and Stéphane Morandi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:401

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a significant public health and social welfare problem in low-and middle income countries (LMICs). However, most ACEs research is based on developed countries, and littl...

    Authors: Manasi Kumar, Beatrice Amugune, Beatrice Madeghe, Grace Nduku Wambua, Judith Osok, Anastasia Polkonikova-Wamoto, David Bukusi, Fred Were and Keng-Yen Huang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:381

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Arab refugees and immigrants living in the United States may be exposed to political, economic, social, and environmental stressors that may affect their mental health. Yet, little is known regarding mental he...

    Authors: Sanjana Pampati, Zaineb Alattar, Evette Cordoba, Madiha Tariq and Carlos Mendes de Leon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:379

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The literature suggests that many people in the general population tend to distance themselves from those with mental illness. However, there are volunteers that behave differently, spending their free time wi...

    Authors: Sarah Toner, Lauren M. Hickling, Mariana Pinto da Costa, Megan Cassidy and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:378

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  20. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the outcome of an integrated individual and family therapy (Intensive Contextual Treatment: ICT) in terms of reducing suffering and increasing functional adjustment among self-harming and/or sui...

    Authors: Moa Bråthén Wijana, Pia Enebrink, Sophie I. Liljedahl and Ata Ghaderi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:371

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  21. Content type: Research article

    People with mental disorders often encounter stigmatizing attitudes related to their conditions. Stigma often represents one of the critical obstacles that stand in the way of delivering mental health care. Th...

    Authors: Juan Li, Meng-meng Zhang, Lin Zhao, Wen-qiang Li, Jun-lin Mu and Zhao-hui Zhang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:367

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  22. Content type: Research article

    While many studies have explored the concept and correlates of stigma towards individuals with mental illness, few have investigated the role of personality in this process. In the current study, we firstly ex...

    Authors: Qi Yuan, Esmond Seow, Edimansyah Abdin, Boon Yiang Chua, Hui Lin Ong, Ellaisha Samari, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:358

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Health education is particularly important for people with mental illness because they are at higher risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing type 2 diabetes than are members of the general populati...

    Authors: N. F. Hempler, R. A. S. Pals, L. Pedersbæk and P. DeCosta

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:353

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    German statutory health insurances are pursuing the goal of improving treatment of chronically ill people by promoting networks of health care providers and supporting treatments that reflect the current medic...

    Authors: Julia Luise Magaard, Sarah Liebherz, Hanne Melchior, Alexander Engels, Hans-Helmut König, Levente Kriston, Holger Schulz, Jeanette Jahed, Anna Levke Brütt, Katrin Christiane Reber and Martin Härter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:347

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Although body-related problems are common in patients with somatoform disorder, research focusing on how patients with somatoform disorder perceive and evaluate their body is scarce. The present study compared...

    Authors: M. Scheffers, H. Kalisvaart, J. T. van Busschbach, R. J. Bosscher, M. A. J. van Duijn, S. A. M. van Broeckhuysen-Kloth, R. A. Schoevers and R. Geenen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:346

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Specialist mental health supported accommodation services are a key component to a graduated level of care from hospital to independently living in the community for people with complex, longer term mental hea...

    Authors: Christian Dalton-Locke, Rosie Attard, Helen Killaspy and Sarah White

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:344

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  27. Content type: Correspondence

    A previously published article in this journal reported the service effects from 103 services within the UK Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative and the comparative effectiveness of CB...

    Authors: Michael Barkham and David Saxon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:321

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in community settings, and they are associated with significant psychological distress, functional and social impairment. While cognitive behaviour therap...

    Authors: Pasquale Roberge, Martin D Provencher, Patrick Gosselin, Helen-Maria Vasiliadis, Isabelle Gaboury, Annie Benoit, Martin M Antony, Nils Chaillet, Janie Houle, Catherine Hudon and Peter J Norton

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:320

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  29. Content type: Research article

    There are no published studies on the comorbidity of common mental conditions (anxiety, depression, and somatization) and physical illnesses in the Arab world. Our aim was to estimate the prevalence of common ...

    Authors: Sulaiman Alkhadhari, Aseel Omran Alsabrrie, Jude Uzoma Ohaeri, Ramani Varghese, Muhammad Ajmal Zahid and Benoit H Mulsant

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:313

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the WorkplaceAid study was to compare the effects of eLearning or blended (eLearning plus face-to-face course delivery) Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses on public servants’ knowledge, stigmati...

    Authors: Nicola J. Reavley, Amy J. Morgan, Julie-Anne Fischer, Betty Kitchener, Nataly Bovopoulos and Anthony F. Jorm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:312

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Treating legally committed patients on open, instead of locked wards is controversially discussed and the affected stakeholders (patients, mental health professionals) have ambiguous views on the benefits and ...

    Authors: J. Kalagi, I. Otte, J. Vollmann, G. Juckel and J. Gather

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:304

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based intervention that has been included in the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence guidelines as a recommended treatment for Borderline Persona...

    Authors: Joanne C. King, Richard Hibbs, Christopher W. N. Saville and Michaela A. Swales

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:302

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Obesity is a significant problem for people with serious mental illness. We aimed to consider body size from the perspective of long-stay psychiatric inpatients, focussing on: weight gain and its causes and im...

    Authors: Susanna Every-Palmer, Mark A. Huthwaite, Jane L. Elmslie, Eve Grant and Sarah E. Romans

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:300

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  34. Content type: Research article

    On 25th April 2015, Nepal experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed by countless aftershocks. Nearly 9000 people were killed and over 600,000 homes destroyed. Given the high frequency of earthquake and ...

    Authors: Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Leah Emily James, Shree Niwas Khanal and Alexander Scott James

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:296

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Flexible and integrative treatment (FIT) models are rather novel in German mental health care. This study aimed at identifying and evaluating empirically based, practicable, and quantifiable program components...

    Authors: Jakob Johne, Sebastian von Peter, Julian Schwarz, Jürgen Timm, Martin Heinze and Yuriy Ignatyev

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:278

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Mental well-being could be promoted and protected by positive psychology (PP) based interventions. Such interventions may be appealing for people at risk of anxiety and depressive disorders, but health-economi...

    Authors: Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra, Constance H. C. Drossaert, Marcel E. Pieterse, Jan A. Walburg, Ernst T. Bohlmeijer and Filip Smit

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:265

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  37. Content type: Research article

    There is a large treatment gap for common mental disorders (CMD), with wide variation by world region. This review identifies factors associated with formal health service utilisation for CMD in the general ad...

    Authors: Tessa Roberts, Georgina Miguel Esponda, Dzmitry Krupchanka, Rahul Shidhaye, Vikram Patel and Sujit Rathod

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:262

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Prompt mental health care (PMHC) is a Norwegian initiative, inspired by the English ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapy’ (IAPT), aimed to provide low-threshold access to primary care treatment for perso...

    Authors: Marit Knapstad, Tine Nordgreen and Otto R. F. Smith

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:260

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Expressed emotion (EE) is a global index of familial emotional climate, which is comprised of emotional over-involvement (EOI) and critical comments (CC)/hostility. Although EE is an established predictor of n...

    Authors: Mary Gemma Cherry, Peter James Taylor, Stephen Lloyd Brown and William Sellwood

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:257

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Police mental health street triage is an increasingly common intervention when dealing with police incidents in which there is a suspected mental health component. We conducted a systematic review of street tr...

    Authors: Stephen Puntis, Devon Perfect, Abirami Kirubarajan, Sorcha Bolton, Fay Davies, Aimee Hayes, Eli Harriss and Andrew Molodynski

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:256

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    People with severe mental illness (SMI) are more likely to experience criminal victimization than other community members. In addition, (self-) stigma and perceived discrimination are highly prevalent in this ...

    Authors: Wendy M. M. Albers, Diana P. K. Roeg, Yolanda Nijssen, Inge M. B. Bongers and Jaap van Weeghel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:247

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Despite renewed interest in studying the safety and efficacy of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of psychological disorders, the enrollment of racially diverse participants and the unique p...

    Authors: Timothy I. Michaels, Jennifer Purdon, Alexis Collins and Monnica T. Williams

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:245

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Alteration in thyroid activity is a well-known cause of symptoms mimicking psychiatric disorders. There are reports on altered levels of thyroid hormones in patients with certain psychiatric disorders compared...

    Authors: Yuki Sakai, Valentina Iversen and Solveig Klæbo Reitan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:244

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Positive psychology interventions are brief self-adminstered exercises designed to promote positive emotions, behaviours, or thoughts. They are potentially effective for reducing depression and are considered ...

    Authors: Sophie Walsh, Justina Kaselionyte, Stephanie J. C. Taylor and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:240

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most controversial treatments in psychiatry. This controversy and diverse and often strongly held opinions can make decision making processes around ECT more complex.

    Authors: Karen Wells, Justin Newton Scanlan, Lisa Gomez, Scott Rutter, Nicola Hancock, Anthony Tuite, Joanna Ho, Sarah Jacek, Andrew Jones, Hassan Mehdi, Megan Still and Graeme Halliday

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:236

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