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Social psychiatry, therapy and provision of mental health care

Section edited by Linda Davies

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. The reluctance of young adults to seek mental health treatment has been attributed to poor mental health literacy, stigma, preference for self-reliance and concerns about confidentiality. The purpose of this s...

    Authors: Shazana Shahwan, Jue Hua Lau, Chong Min Janrius Goh, Wei Jie Ong, Gregory Tee Hng Tan, Kian Woon Kwok, Ellaisha Samari, Ying Ying Lee, Wen Lin Teh, Vanessa Seet, Sherilyn Chang, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:562

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Moral injury among physicians and other health professionals has attracted attention in the mainstream literature, this study aim to assess the psychometric properties of the 10-item Moral Injury Symptoms Scal...

    Authors: Wang Zhizhong, Harold G. Koenig, Tong Yan, Wen Jing, Sui Mu, Liu Hongyu and Liu Guangtian

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:556

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  3. Depressive disorders in University students have risen dramatically in the past few decades to the extent that students’ mental health has become a current global public health priority. Obtaining information ...

    Authors: Mami Ishida, Ilaria Montagni, Keiichi Matsuzaki, Tomonari Shimamoto, Tanguy Cariou, Takashi Kawamura, Christophe Tzourio and Taku Iwami

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:549

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  4. Although there is consensus, in psychiatry, over the inclusion of religious and spiritual aspects when evaluating and treating the patient, investigation of these dimensions is rare. There is evidence as to th...

    Authors: Maria Cecilia Menegatti-Chequini, Alexandre A. Loch, Frederico C. Leão, Mario F. P. Peres and Homero Vallada

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:546

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  5. With an estimated > 800,000 suicide-related deaths and potentially several attempts for each death in the world. The purpose of this study was to determine the epidemiological characteristics of self-poisoning...

    Authors: Boshen Wang, Lei Han, Jinbo Wen, Juan Zhang and Baoli Zhu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:545

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  6. Peer support is being introduced into mental health services internationally, often in response to workforce policy. Earlier systematic reviews incorporate different modalities of peer support (i.e. group and ...

    Authors: Sarah White, Rhiannon Foster, Jacqueline Marks, Rosaleen Morshead, Lucy Goldsmith, Sally Barlow, Jacqueline Sin and Steve Gillard

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:534

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  7. The transition out of military service and subsequent reintegration to civilian life has been established as a period associated with an increased risk of psychological adjustment difficulties, psychiatric dis...

    Authors: Madeline Romaniuk, Gina Fisher, Chloe Kidd and Philip J. Batterham

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:531

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  8. The number of psychiatric care beds and the mean length of stay in psychiatric care beds in Japan have decreased over the past 10 years. However, as has long been indicated here and elsewhere, Japan lags behin...

    Authors: Tatsushi Okayama, Kentaro Usuda, Emi Okazaki and Yoshio Yamanouchi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:522

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  9. Parenting programmes aim to alleviate behavioural problems in children, including conduct disorder. This study was part of a multi-phase mixed-methods project seeking to extend the reach of parenting programme...

    Authors: Kathy McKay, Eilis Kennedy, Rob Senior, Stephen Scott, Jonathan Hill, Moira Doolan, Matt Woolgar, Siofra Peeren and Bridget Young

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:513

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  10. People with severe mental illness (SMI) living in supported housing (SH) struggle in everyday life and we currently lack a comprehensive body of knowledge concerning how the residents experience their day. Thi...

    Authors: Carina Tjörnstrand, Mona Eklund, Ulrika Bejerholm, Elisabeth Argentzell and David Brunt

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:508

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  11. The Opening Minds Stigma Scale for Health Care Providers (OMS-HC) is a widely used questionnaire to measure the stigmatising attitudes of healthcare providers towards patients with mental health problems. The ...

    Authors: Dorottya Őri, Sándor Rózsa, Péter Szocsics, Lajos Simon, György Purebl and Zsuzsa Győrffy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:504

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  12. Information regarding the distribution of evidence grades in psychiatry and psychotherapy guidelines is lacking. Based on the German evidence- and consensus- based (S3) psychiatry and psychotherapy and the Sco...

    Authors: Lisa Löhrs, Mirjam Handrack, Ina Kopp, Frank Jessen, Elias Wagner, Peter Falkai, Astrid Röh, Wolfgang Strube and Alkomiet Hasan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:503

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  13. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training teaches community members how to provide initial support to someone with a mental health problem. Key gaps in the evidence base supporting the training are the longevity...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:487

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  14. Global 12-month psychosis prevalence is estimated at roughly 0.4%, although prevalence of antipsychotic use in the U.S. is estimated at roughly 1.7%. Antipsychotics are frequently prescribed for off label uses...

    Authors: Jeff A. Dennis, Lisaann S. Gittner, J. Drew Payne and Kenneth Nugent

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:483

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  15. A new inpatient care model has been developed in the Netherlands: High and Intensive Care (HIC). The purpose of HIC is to improve quality of inpatient mental healthcare and to reduce coercion.

    Authors: A. L. Van Melle, E. O. Noorthoorn, G. A. M. Widdershoven, C. L. Mulder and Y. Voskes

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:469

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  16. Lived experience research is conducted by people who have experience of mental health issues and is therefore better placed than more traditional research to illuminate participants’ experiences. Findings that...

    Authors: Anne Honey, Katherine M. Boydell, Francesca Coniglio, Trang Thuy Do, Leonie Dunn, Katherine Gill, Helen Glover, Monique Hines, Justin Newton Scanlan and Barbara Tooth

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:456

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  17. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between adult ADHD screening scores and hospitalization due to pedestrian injuries in a sample of Iranian pedestrians.

    Authors: Alireza Sadeghpour, Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani, Saber Ghaffari-fam, Shaker Salarilak, Mostafa Farahbakhsh, Robert Ekman and Amin Daemi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:444

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  18. This longitudinal study identified risk factors for frequency of hospitalization among patients with any medical condition who had previously visited one of six Quebec (Canada) emergency departments (ED) at le...

    Authors: Louise Penzenstadler, Lia Gentil, Guy Grenier, Yasser Khazaal and Marie-Josée Fleury

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:431

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Depression is associated with major patient burden. Its treatment requires complex and collaborative approaches. A stepped care model based on the German National Clinical Practice Guideline “Unipolar Depressi...

    Authors: Christian Brettschneider, Daniela Heddaeus, Maya Steinmann, Martin Härter, Birgit Watzke and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:427

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  20. The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological status of the general population in mainland China during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and to explore the factors influenc...

    Authors: Hua Yu, Mingli Li, Zhixiong Li, Weiyi Xiang, Yiwen Yuan, Yaya Liu, Zhe Li and Zhenzhen Xiong

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:426

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  21. Mental illnesses pose a significant burden worldwide. Furthermore, the treatment gap for mental disorders is large. A contributor to this treatment gap is the perceived stigma towards mental illness. Besides i...

    Authors: Gregory Tee Hng Tan, Shazana Shahwan, Chong Min Janrius Goh, Wei Jie Ong, Ker-Chiah Wei, Swapna Kamal Verma, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:422

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  22. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive form of brain stimulation. It has been used in many mental health institutions to treat mental disorders worldwide. However, comprehensive k...

    Authors: Jiahui Deng, Yimiao Gong, Xiao Lin, Yanping Bao, Hongqiang Sun and Lin Lu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:416

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  23. Young people have a higher prevalence of loneliness than other age groups, and they are also at risk of depression. Quantitative studies describe a bidirectional association between loneliness and depression, ...

    Authors: Louis Achterbergh, Alexandra Pitman, Mary Birken, Eiluned Pearce, Herman Sno and Sonia Johnson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:415

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  24. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with a high risk of involuntary psychiatric in-patient hospitalization both on the individual level and on the level of mental health services and t...

    Authors: O. Karasch, M. Schmitz-Buhl, R. Mennicken, J. Zielasek and E. Gouzoulis-Mayfrank

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:401

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  25. Since its legalisation in 2002, the number of times euthanasia has been carried out in response to requests from adults with psychiatric conditions (APC) has continued to increase. However, little is known abo...

    Authors: Monica Verhofstadt, Kurt Audenaert, Kris Van den Broeck, Luc Deliens, Freddy Mortier, Koen Titeca, Koen Pardon, Dirk De Bacquer and Kenneth Chambaere

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:400

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  26. In 2016, the Western Norway Regional Health Authority started to integrate more evidence-based psychosocial interventions into the existing mental health care, emphasizing the right for persons with psychosis ...

    Authors: Christine H. Oedegaard, Larry Davidson, Brynjulf Stige, Marius Veseth, Anne Blindheim, Linda Garvik, Jan-Magne Sørensen, Øystein Søraa and Ingunn Marie Stadskleiv Engebretsen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:399

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  27. Considering the prevalence of endometriosis and consequent depression and anxiety as well as the resultant effects on the body, mind, and quality of life of patients, this study aimed to determine the effects ...

    Authors: Nooshin Farshi, Shirin Hasanpour, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Khalil Esmaeilpour

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:391

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  28. The development of child psychiatric services in China has been slow and very limited resources have been allocated to support its growth. This study set out to investigate the child and adolescent inpatient p...

    Authors: Feng Geng, Feng Jiang, Jeffrey Rakofsky, Tingfang Liu, Yuanli Liu, Huanzhong Liu and Yi-lang Tang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:398

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  29. To date, the psychological impact of COVID-19 epidemic among family members of health care workers (HCWs) in China has been neglected. This cross-sectional study investigates the mental health status and relat...

    Authors: Yuchen Ying, Liemin Ruan, Fanqian Kong, Binbin Zhu, Yunxin Ji and Zhongze Lou

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:379

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  30. More than 120,000 refugees and asylum seekers are currently living in Switzerland. The prevalence of mental disorders among this population is significantly higher than that in the general population. While ef...

    Authors: Nikolai Kiselev, Naser Morina, Matthis Schick, Birgit Watzke, Ulrich Schnyder and Monique C. Pfaltz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:378

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  31. Although the Belgian assessment pathway for legal euthanasia requires the engagement of at least one psychiatrist, little is known about psychiatrists’ attitudes towards euthanasia for adults with psychiatric ...

    Authors: Monica Verhofstadt, Kurt Audenaert, Kris Van den Broeck, Luc Deliens, Freddy Mortier, Koen Titeca, Koen Pardon and Kenneth Chambaere

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:374

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  32. Contemporary health policy is shifting towards remotely delivered care. A growing need to provide effective and accessible services, with maximal population reach has stimulated demand for flexible and efficie...

    Authors: Cintia L. Faija, Janice Connell, Charlotte Welsh, Kerry Ardern, Elinor Hopkin, Judith Gellatly, Kelly Rushton, Claire Fraser, Annie Irvine, Christopher J. Armitage, Paul Wilson, Peter Bower, Karina Lovell and Penny Bee

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:371

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  33. Befriending is a popular form of volunteering in healthcare, and research suggests that it can be beneficial for people with mental illness. This study aimed to explore the experiences of a large sample of vol...

    Authors: Erin Burn, Agnes Chevalier, Monica Leverton and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:368

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  34. Employment is good for physical and mental health, however people with severe mental illness (SMI) are often excluded from employment. Standard Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is effective in supporting...

    Authors: Susan Prior, Donald Maciver, Randi W. Aas, Bonnie Kirsh, Annika Lexen, Lana van Niekerk, Linda Irvine Fitzpatrick and Kirsty Forsyth

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:361

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  35. Recently, many studies have investigated the role of migration on mental health. Nonetheless, only few focused on the consequences of childhood trauma, hopelessness, and resilience on migrants’ psychopathology...

    Authors: Eleonora Gambaro, Martina Mastrangelo, Marco Sarchiapone, Debora Marangon, Carla Gramaglia, Camilla Vecchi, Chiara Airoldi, Concetta Mirisola, Gianfranco Costanzo, Silvia Bartollino, Francesca Baralla and Patrizia Zeppegno

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:358

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  36. In the past decades, considerable global attention has been drawn to recovery services that seek to promote the personal recovery journey of consumers with mental illness. However, in most settings, including ...

    Authors: Naomi Gyamfi, Eric Badu, Wisdom Kwadwo Mprah and Isaac Mensah

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:355

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  37. Pathological social withdrawal, named “Hikikomori,” is a Japanese culture-bound syndrome and a serious social problem in Japan. The number of Hikikomori cases in Japan was estimated at about 563,000 in 2016 ac...

    Authors: Hissei Imai, Toko Takamatsu, Hideaki Mitsuya, Hajime Yoshizawa, Hidehiko Mitsuya and Toshi A. Furukawa

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:352

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  38. A high number of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) do not receive cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention, which is the most effective treatment for OCD. Therefore, M...

    Authors: Franziska Miegel, Cüneyt Demiralay, Steffen Moritz, Janina Wirtz, Birgit Hottenrott and Lena Jelinek

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:350

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. High rates of mental distress, mental illness, and the associated physical effects of psychological injury experienced by ambulance personnel has been widely reported in quantitative research. However, there i...

    Authors: Sharon Lawn, Louise Roberts, Eileen Willis, Leah Couzner, Leila Mohammadi and Elizabeth Goble

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:348

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  40. Health services utilization for mental health disorders is reported to increase sharply in many countries. The aim of this study was to report trends in all aspects of mental health care utilization in a total...

    Authors: T. Forslund, K. Kosidou, S. Wicks and C. Dalman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:328

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  41. Little is known about the public stigma on mental illness and mental health knowledge (MHK) in China, public stigma and low MHK can negatively affect patients’ health and increase the burden of mental disorder...

    Authors: Huifang Yin, Klaas J. Wardenaar, Guangming Xu, Hongjun Tian and Robert A. Schoevers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:323

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  42. Patients within psychiatric rehabilitation services have multiple, complex and enduring difficulties, and are frequently described as ‘treatment resistant’. This group have diagnoses of major mental health con...

    Authors: Audrey Millar, Liesbeth Tip, Ruth Lennon, Marlene Macinnes, Beata Michalska, Stephen M Lawrie and Matthias Schwannauer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:322

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  43. Social inclusion is essential for an adequate rehabilitation process for people with serious mental illness (SMI). Various supported housing settings aim to promote housing competencies and social inclusion in...

    Authors: Christine Adamus, Sonja Mötteli, Matthias Jäger and Dirk Richter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:319

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  44. Refugee populations have particularly high rates of mental health problems, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. However, uptake of mental health care may be low even when severe depr...

    Authors: Shameran Slewa-Younan, Molly McKenzie, Russell Thomson, Mitchell Smith, Yaser Mohammad and Jonathan Mond

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:314

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