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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

    Somatic syndrome is one of the remarkably prevalent issues in primary health care and subspecialty settings. We aimed to elucidate multidimensional associations between somatic symptoms with major mental probl...

    Authors: Shayan Mostafaei, Kourosh Kabir, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad, Awat Feizi, Marjan Mansourian, Ammar Hassanzadeh Keshteli, Hamid Afshar, Saeed Masoud Arzaghi, Saeid Rasekhi Dehkordi, Peyman Adibi and Fataneh Ghadirian

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:207

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Expert psychiatrists conducting work disability evaluations often disagree on work capacity (WC) when assessing the same patient. More structured and standardised evaluations focusing on function could improve...

    Authors: Regina Kunz, David Y. von Allmen, Renato Marelli, Ulrike Hoffmann-Richter, Joerg Jeger, Ralph Mager, Etienne Colomb, Heinz J. Schaad, Monica Bachmann, Nicole Vogel, Jason W. Busse, Martin Eichhorn, Oskar Bänziger, Thomas Zumbrunn, Wout E. L. de Boer and Katrin Fischer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:205

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Utilization of somatic healthcare services is highly predictive of the development of chronic physical illnesses and increased mortality risks. The objective of this study was to assess the differences in heal...

    Authors: Vjekoslav Jeleč, Žarko Bajić, Ivona Šimunović Filipčić, Ivana Portolan Pajić, Mirela Šentija Knežević, Ivan Miloloža, Delfa Radić-Krišto, Tomislav Benjak, Nenad Jakšić, Marina Šagud, Wei Wang and Igor Filipčić

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:203

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to examine the prevalence of and factors associated with antidepressant (AD) prescriptions in order to draw a comprehensive picture of prescribing practices in Switzerland.

    Authors: Elisa Haller, Birgit Watzke, Eva Blozik, Thomas Rosemann, Oliver Reich, Carola A. Huber and Markus Wolf

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:196

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Severe mental illness (SMI) presents a major burden to societies worldwide. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) often do not have sufficient financial resources and qualified staff to provide extensive sp...

    Authors: Stefan Priebe, Catherine Fung, Sana Z. Sajun, Racheal Alinaitwe, Domenico Giacco, Carlos Gómez-Restrepo, Alma Džubur Kulenoviĉ, Noeline Nakasujja, Sandra Milena Ramírez, Sabina Slatina, Nelson K. Sewankambo, Hana Sikira, Miguel Uribe and Victoria Jane Bird

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:181

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  6. Content type: Debate

    Service providers throughout Europe have identified the need to define how high-quality community-based mental health care looks to organize their own services and to inform governments, commissioners and fund...

    Authors: René Keet, Marjonneke de Vetten-Mc Mahon, Laura Shields-Zeeman, Torleif Ruud, Jaap van Weeghel, Michiel Bahler, Cornelis L. Mulder, Catherine van Zelst, Billy Murphy, Koen Westen, Chris Nas, Ionela Petrea and Guido Pieters

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:174

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been successfully established in hundreds of efficacy trials. It is less understood, however, how ACT works in real-world settings. Furthermore, little is known abou...

    Authors: Jeanette Villanueva, Andrea H. Meyer, Marcia T. B. Rinner, Victoria J. Firsching, Charles Benoy, Sandra Brogli, Marc Walter, Klaus Bader and Andrew T. Gloster

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:173

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder affecting more than 21 million worldwide. In Indonesia, 14.3% of households have a patient with a mental disorder, and the majority of these are in rural areas. Famil...

    Authors: Nenden Hikmah Laila, Renti Mahkota, Siddharudha Shivalli, Krisnawati Bantas and Tri Krianto

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:162

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of the estimated 11–25 years reduced life expectancy for persons with serious mental illness (SMI). This excess cardiovascular mortality is primarily attributable to...

    Authors: Florine S. Walburg, Berno van Meijel, Maurits W. van Tulder and Marcel C. Adriaanse

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:151

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Acute psychiatric wards in Germany are often locked due to the assumption that opening could endanger patients and society. On the contrary, some findings suggest that aversive events such as absconding and at...

    Authors: Lisa K. Schreiber, Florian G. Metzger, Tobias A. Duncker, Andreas J. Fallgatter and Tilman Steinert

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:149

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Internationally, from 12.2–23.4% of youth (aged 16–24 years) are not in employment, education or training (NEET). These disengaged youth are more likely to experience social exclusion, increased psychological ...

    Authors: Helen J. Stain, Amanda L. Baker, Christopher Jackson, Rhoshel Lenroot, Georgie Paulik, John Attia, Luke Wolfenden, Stoyan R. Stoyanov, Holly Devir and Leanne Hides

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:136

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Ensuring equitable and timely access to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is challenging within Canada’s service delivery model. The current study aims to determine acceptability and effectiveness of 4-session...

    Authors: Vishal K. Thakur, Jacquelyne Y. Wong, Jason R. Randall, James M. Bolton, Sagar V. Parikh, Natalie Mota, Debbie Whitney, Joshua Palay, Jolene Kinley, Simran Diocee, Tanya Sala and Jitender Sareen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:132

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Syrians represent the largest group among refugees in Germany. Many of them were exposed to sequential traumatizing events including war, escape and post-migration stressors, which significantly increase the r...

    Authors: Johannes Golchert, Susanne Roehr, Franziska Berg, Thomas Grochtdreis, Rahel Hoffmann, Franziska Jung, Michaela Nagl, Anna Plexnies, Anna Renner, Hans-Helmut König, Anette Kersting and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:131

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  14. Content type: Research article

    In psychiatric treatment containment measures are used to de-escalate high-risk situations. These measures can be characterized by their immanent amount of coercion. Previous research could show that the attit...

    Authors: Florian Hotzy, Matthias Jaeger, Etienne Buehler, Sonja Moetteli, Georges Klein, Simone Beeri and Thomas Reisch

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:128

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Hospital-treated deliberate self-harm (DSH) is common, costly and has high repetition rates. Since brief contact interventions (BCIs) may reduce the risk of DSH repetition, we aim to evaluate whether a SMS (Sh...

    Authors: Garry J. Stevens, Trent E. Hammond, Suzanne Brownhill, Manish Anand, Anabel de la Riva, Jean Hawkins, Tristan Chapman, Richard Baldacchino, Jo-Anne Micallef, Jagadeesh Andepalli, Anita Kotak, Naren Gunja, Andrew Page, Grahame Gould, Christopher J. Ryan, Ian M. Whyte…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:117

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Volunteers frequently participate in befriending schemes with people with mental illness. This study aimed to explore the motivations and experiences of volunteer befrienders engaging in these schemes in addit...

    Authors: Megan Cassidy, Rose Thompson, Rawda El-Nagib, Lauren M. Hickling and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:116

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Involving mental health service users in planning and reviewing their care can help personalised care focused on recovery, with the aim of developing goals specific to the individual and designed to maximise a...

    Authors: Michael Coffey, Ben Hannigan, Sally Barlow, Martin Cartwright, Rachel Cohen, Alison Faulkner, Aled Jones and Alan Simpson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:115

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Some patients develop severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) which is therapy-refractory. The needs of these patients sometimes remain unmet by therapeutic interventions and they are at high risk of recei...

    Authors: Manuel Trachsel, Martina A. Hodel, Scott A. Irwin, Paul Hoff, Nikola Biller-Andorno and Florian Riese

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:111

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The rise in multimorbid chronic conditions in South Africa, large treatment gap for common mental disorders (CMDs) and shortage of mental health specialists demands a task sharing approach to chronic disease m...

    Authors: Inge Petersen, Arvin Bhana, Lara R. Fairall, One Selohilwe, Tasneem Kathree, Emily C. Baron, Sujit D. Rathod and Crick Lund

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:107

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Increasing attention to palliative care for the general population has led to the development of various evidence-based or consensus-based tools and interventions. However, specific tools and interventions are...

    Authors: Karin den Boer, Anke J. E. de Veer, Linda J. Schoonmade, Kim J. Verhaegh, Berno van Meijel and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:106

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  21. Content type: Research article

    This study examined whether two types of provider communication considered important to quality of care (i.e., shows respect and explains understandably) are associated with mental health outcomes related to p...

    Authors: Eunice C. Wong, Rebecca L. Collins, Joshua Breslau, M. Audrey Burnam, Matthew S. Cefalu and Elizabeth Roth

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:102

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  22. Content type: Research article

    There is well-established evidence that Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training improves knowledge about how to support someone developing a mental health problem, but less evidence that this support improves ...

    Authors: Amy J. Morgan, Julie-Anne A. Fischer, Laura M. Hart, Claire M. Kelly, Betty A. Kitchener, Nicola J. Reavley, Marie B. H. Yap, Stefan Cvetkovski and Anthony F. Jorm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:99

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  23. 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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  24. Content type: Research article

    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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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