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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Content type: Research article

    Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in mental health research is increasing, especially in early (pre-funding) stages. PPI is less consistent in later stages, including in analysing qualitative data. The aims...

    Authors: Helen Jennings, Mike Slade, Peter Bates, Emma Munday and Rebecca Toney

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:213

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Although positive psychology interventions (PPIs) show beneficial effects on mental health in non-clinical populations, the current literature is inconclusive regarding its effectiveness in clinical settings. ...

    Authors: Farid Chakhssi, Jannis T. Kraiss, Marion Sommers-Spijkerman and Ernst T. Bohlmeijer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:211

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests an unmet need for provision of psychological interventions in inpatient psychiatric settings. However, inpatient wards can present a challenging environment in which to implement intervention...

    Authors: Molly Sharp, Anu Gulati, Chris Barker and Kirsten Barnicot

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:208

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common and often chronic problem. Patients with chronic MDD often have negative impacts on the health of their families. Family psychoeducation is recognized as part of the...

    Authors: Fujika Katsuki, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Takahiko Inagaki, Tohru Maeda, Yosuke Kubota, Nao Shiraishi, Hideaki Tabuse, Tadashi Kato, Atsurou Yamada, Norio Watanabe, Tatsuo Akechi and Toshiaki A. Furukawa

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:207

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In the study, the frequency and nature of asylum seekers’ psychiatric diagnoses in a German admission center were examined. Additional aims were to identify changes in those diagnoses over time and to investig...

    Authors: Kneginja Richter, Lukas Peter, Hartmut Lehfeld, Harald Zäske, Salina Brar-Reissinger and Günter Niklewski

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:206

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  25. Content type: Research article

    There is a shortage of trained mental health workers in spite of the significant contribution of psychiatric disorders to the global disease burden. Task shifting, through the delegation of health care tasks t...

    Authors: Goodman Sibeko, Peter D. Milligan, Marinda Roelofse, Lezel Molefe, Deborah Jonker, Jonathan Ipser, Crick Lund and Dan J. Stein

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:191

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Community pharmacists are autonomous, regulated health care professionals located in urban and rural communities in Canada. The accessibility, knowledge, and skills of community pharmacists can be leveraged to...

    Authors: Andrea L. Murphy, David M. Gardner and Lisa M. Jacobs

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:192

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an emerging and potentially powerful biological treatment for severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but the wider impact of the intervention and the sometimes dramatic red...

    Authors: Peter Bosanac, Bridget Elizabeth Hamilton, James Lucak and David Castle

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:186

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  28. Content type: Research article

    People with psychotic illness suffer from reduced quality of life and often from an insufficient level of social inclusion. These variables are associated with several negative outcomes, such as higher neuro-c...

    Authors: Fausto Mazzi, Flavia Baccari, Francesco Mungai, Manuela Ciambellini, Lisa Brescancin and Fabrizio Starace

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:179

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Inpatient care accounts for the majority of mental health care costs and is not always beneficial. It can indeed have detrimental consequences if not used appropriately, and is unpopular among patients. As a c...

    Authors: Coralie Gandré, Jeanne Gervaix, Julien Thillard, Jean-Marc Macé, Jean-Luc Roelandt and Karine Chevreul

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:174

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Mental health conditions affect aspects of people’s lives that are often not captured in common health-related outcome measures. The OxCAP-MH self-reported, quality of life questionnaire based on Sen’s capabil...

    Authors: Judit Simon, Agata Łaszewska, Eva Leutner, Georg Spiel, David Churchman and Susanne Mayer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:173

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Peer support services for patients with severe mental illness (SMI) originated from Western countries and have become increasingly popular during the past twenty years. The aim of this paper is to describe a p...

    Authors: Yunge Fan, Ning Ma, Liang Ma, Wei Xu, J. Steven Lamberti and Eric D. Caine

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:170

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Coercive measures are containment methods used in psychiatry to curb patients’ disruptive and aggressive behaviours towards themselves, others or objects. The prevalence of the practice of coercive measures in...

    Authors: Branko Bregar, Brigita Skela-Savič and Blanka Kores Plesničar

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:171

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The adverse effects of loneliness and of poor perceived social support on physical health and mortality are established, but no systematic synthesis is available of their relationship with the outcomes of ment...

    Authors: Jingyi Wang, Farhana Mann, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Ruimin Ma and Sonia Johnson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:156

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Police officers experience a high degree of chronic stress. Policing ranks among the highest professions in terms of disease and accident rates. Mental health is particularly impacted, evidenced by elevated ra...

    Authors: Marcelo Trombka, Marcelo Demarzo, Daniel Campos Bacas, Sonia Beira Antonio, Karen Cicuto, Vera Salvo, Felipe Cesar Almeida Claudino, Letícia Ribeiro, Michael Christopher, Javier Garcia-Campayo and Neusa Sica Rocha

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:151

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based approach to help people with severe mental illness achieve competitive employment. This article provides insight into an organizational and a financi...

    Authors: Miljana Vukadin, Frederieke G. Schaafsma, Marjan J. Westerman, Harry W. C. Michon and Johannes R. Anema

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:145

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric problems among college students on USA campuses are common. Little is known about similar problems in developing countries, particularly the Arab region. The goal of this study was to assess the fr...

    Authors: Ziad Kronfol, Batoul Khalifa, Brigitte Khoury, Omar Omar, Sariah Daouk, J. P. deWitt, Nourehan ElAzab and Daniel Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:147

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Offering financial incentives is an effective intervention for improving adherence in patients taking antipsychotic depot medication. We assessed whether patients’ motivation for treatment might be reduced aft...

    Authors: Ernst L. Noordraven, André I. Wierdsma, Peter Blanken, Anthony F. T. Bloemendaal and Cornelis L. Mulder

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:144

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The influence of personality on health-related quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis has been the focus of previous studies showing that introversion and neuroticism were related with reduced hea...

    Authors: S. Salhofer-Polanyi, F. Friedrich, S. Löffler, P. S. Rommer, A. Gleiss, R. Engelmaier, F. Leutmezer and B. Vyssoki

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:143

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Close, continuous and efficient collaboration between different professions and sectors of care is necessary to provide patient-centered care for individuals with mental disorders. The lack of structured colla...

    Authors: Anne Neumann, Enno Swart, Dennis Häckl, Roman Kliemt, Stefanie March, Denise Küster, Katrin Arnold, Thomas Petzold, Fabian Baum, Martin Seifert, Jessika Weiß, Andrea Pfennig and Jochen Schmitt

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:139

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The management of severe mental disorder (SMD) patients in communities is an important initiative of healthcare reform in China. Yet the effects in terms of risk behavior of patients are unclear, particularly ...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Liu, Xiang Liu, Hong Wen, Dan Wang, Xianmei Yang, Weiwei Tang, Yaxi Li, Tao Zhang and Min Yang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:134

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Mental health policy can be an essential and powerful tool to improve a population’s mental health. However, around one third of countries do not possess a mental health policy, and there are large disparities...

    Authors: Wei Zhou, Yu Yu, Mei Yang, Lizhang Chen and Shuiyuan Xiao

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:138

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Post-deinstitutionalisation, mental health supported accommodation services have been implemented widely. The available research evidence is heterogeneous in nature and resistant to synthesis attempts, leaving...

    Authors: Peter McPherson, Joanna Krotofil and Helen Killaspy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:128

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  43. Content type: Research article

    This study explores the effectiveness of an electronic consultation (eConsult) service between primary care providers and psychiatry, and the types and content of the clinical questions that were asked.

    Authors: Douglas Archibald, Julia Stratton, Clare Liddy, Rachel E. Grant, Douglas Green and Erin J. Keely

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:119

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The Helping Alliance Questionnaire (HAQ) is a frequently used and highly relevant instrument to assess the therapeutic alliance. The questionnaire was translated into German by Bassler and colleagues (1995) an...

    Authors: Hannah Sophie Eich, Levente Kriston, Elisabeth Schramm and Josef Bailer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:107

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Life events (LEs) are associated with future physical and mental health. They are crucial for understanding the pathways to mental disorders as well as the interactions with biological parameters. However, dee...

    Authors: Johanna König, Andrea Block, Mathias Becker, Kristin Fenske, Johannes Hertel, Sandra Van der Auwera, Kathleen Zymara, Henry Völzke, Harald Jürgen Freyberger and Hans Jörgen Grabe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:105

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