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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. Large numbers of patients with psychosis have regular meetings with key clinicians in the community. There is little evidence on how these meetings should be conducted to be therapeutically effective. DIALOG, ...

    Authors: Stefan Priebe, Lauren Kelley, Eoin Golden, Paul McCrone, David Kingdon, Clare Rutterford and Rosemarie McCabe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:173

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  2. Psychoeducation has been shown to reduce relapse rates in several psychiatric disorders. Studies investigating for which psychiatric diagnoses psychoeducation is offered and assessing its perceived relevance c...

    Authors: Christine Rummel-Kluge, Michael Kluge and Werner Kissling

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:170

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  3. Recovery has become an increasingly prominent concept in mental health policy internationally. However, there is a lack of guidance regarding organisational transformation towards a recovery orientation. This ...

    Authors: Helen Gilburt, Mike Slade, Victoria Bird, Sheri Oduola and Tom KJ Craig

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:167

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  4. Apathy and depression are important neuropsychiatric disorders that can occur after a stroke but the etiology and risk factors are not well understood. The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors fo...

    Authors: Song-ran Yang, Ping Hua, Xin-yuan Shang, Rong Hu, Xiao-en Mo and Xiao-ping Pan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:164

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  5. No study in Greece has assessed so far the full range of common mental disorders using a representative sample of the population from both mainland and insular regions of the country. The aim of the present pa...

    Authors: Petros Skapinakis, Stefanos Bellos, Sotirios Koupidis, Ilias Grammatikopoulos, Pavlos N Theodorakis and Venetsanos Mavreas

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:163

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  6. Clinical guidelines can improve health-care delivery, but there are a number of challenges in adopting and implementing the current practice guidelines for depression. The aim of this study was to determine cl...

    Authors: Jaewon Yang, Changsu Han, Ho-Kyoung Yoon, Chi-Un Pae, Min-Jeong Kim, Sun-Young Park and Jeonghoon Ahn

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:150

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  7. Workforce participation is a key feature of public mental health and social inclusion policies across the globe, and often a therapeutic goal in treatment settings. Understanding the reciprocal relationship be...

    Authors: Sarah C Olesen, Peter Butterworth, Liana S Leach, Margaret Kelaher and Jane Pirkis

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:144

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  8. The HIV/AIDS infection is common in sub-Saharan Africa and is associated with psychological and neuro- cognitive impairment. These conditions, however, remain largely unrecognized. In this study we aimed to de...

    Authors: Juliet Nakku, Eugene Kinyanda and Susan Hoskins

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:126

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  9. Experienced discrimination refers to an individual’s perception that they have been treated unfairly due to an attribute and is an important recent focus within stigma research. A significant proportion of men...

    Authors: Debra Jeffery, Sarah Clement, Elizabeth Corker, Louise M Howard, Joanna Murray and Graham Thornicroft

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:120

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  10. Crisis resolution teams (CRTs) provide intensive alternative care to hospital admission for patients with mental health crises. The aims of this study were to describe the proportions and characteristics of pa...

    Authors: Nina Hasselberg, Rolf W Gråwe, Sonia Johnson, Jūratė Šaltytė-Benth and Torleif Ruud

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:117

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  11. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) was introduced in 2007 to protect vulnerable individuals who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves and to provide a legal framework for professionals to assess incap...

    Authors: Penelope F Brown, Alex D Tulloch, Charlotte Mackenzie, Gareth S Owen, George Szmukler and Matthew Hotopf

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:115

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  12. Owing to the policy of extramuralization of care in most Western countries older people with severe mental illness have to rely more and more on informal caregivers for daily care. Caregivers themselves are of...

    Authors: Marian I Zegwaard, Marja J Aartsen, Mieke HF Grypdonck and Pim Cuijpers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:103

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  13. Although suicide has been postulated as a result of social breakdown, relatively little attention has been paid to the association between social relationships and non-fatal self-harm. We sought to investigate...

    Authors: Chia-Yi Wu, Chin-Kuo Chang, Hui-Chun Huang, Shen-Ing Liu and Robert Stewart

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:101

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  14. The Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation - Outcome Measure (CORE-OM) is a 34-item instrument developed to monitor clinically significant change in out-patients. The CORE-OM covers four domains: well-being, ...

    Authors: Ingunn Skre, Oddgeir Friborg, Sigmund Elgarøy, Chris Evans, Lars Henrik Myklebust, Kjersti Lillevoll, Knut Sørgaard and Vidje Hansen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:99

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  15. An important issue concerning the worldwide fight against stigma is the evaluation of psychiatrists’ beliefs and attitudes toward schizophrenia and mental illness in general. However, there is as yet no consen...

    Authors: Alexandre Andrade Loch, Francisco Bevilacqua Guarniero, Fabio Lorea Lawson, Michael Pascal Hengartner, Wulf Rössler, Wagner Farid Gattaz and Yuan-Pang Wang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:92

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  16. To investigate attitudes of professionals working in mental health care outpatient clinics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) (for children and adolescents aged 0–18 years) and District Psychiatric Centr...

    Authors: Astrid Berge Norheim, Tine Kristin Grimholt and Øivind Ekeberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:90

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  17. Patients with severe mental illness are at increased risk of developing metabolic disorders. The risk of metabolic syndrome in the Hong Kong general population is lower than that observed in western countries;...

    Authors: Daniel T Bressington, Jolene Mui, Eric F C Cheung, Joel Petch, Allan B Clark and Richard Gray

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:87

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  18. This study identifies a set of psychosocial difficulties that are associated with short term changes in health outcomes across a heterogeneous set of brain disorders, neurological and psychiatric.

    Authors: Alarcos Cieza, Cristina Bostan, Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Cornelia Oberhauser, Jerome Bickenbach, Alberto Raggi, Matilde Leonardi, Eduard Vieta and Somnath Chatterji

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:78

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  19. Measuring satisfaction with treatment has proved useful to ascertain the treatment features that are most important to the patients, and to explain increased treatment compliance. However, there are few studie...

    Authors: Jesús López-Torres, Ignacio Párraga, José M Del Campo and Alejandro Villena

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:65

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  20. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate psychometric properties of the Clinical Decision Making Style (CDMS) scale which measures general preferences for decision making as well as preferences regard...

    Authors: Bernd Puschner, Petra Neumann, Harriet Jordan, Mike Slade, Andrea Fiorillo, Domenico Giacco, Anikó Égerházi, Tibor Ivánka, Malene Krogsgaard Bording, Helle Østermark Sørensen, Arlette Bär, Wolfram Kawohl and Sabine Loos

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:48

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  21. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia are frequently associated with poor long term outcomes. Established interventions have little, if any, positive effects on negative symptoms. Arts Therapies such as Body Psyc...

    Authors: Stefan Priebe, Mark Savill, Ulrich Reininghaus, Til Wykes, Richard Bentall, Christoph Lauber, Paul McCrone, Frank Röhricht and Sandra Eldridge

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:26

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  22. The number of people with dementia is rising rapidly as a consequence of the greying of the world population. There is an urgent need to develop cost effective approaches that meet the needs of people with dem...

    Authors: Marco M Blom, Judith E Bosmans, Pim Cuijpers, Steve H Zarit and Anne Margriet Pot

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:17

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  23. Negative affect and difficulties in its regulation have been connected to several adverse psychological consequences. While several questionnaires exist, it would be important to have a theory-based measure th...

    Authors: Anne Scherer, Nicole Eberle, Maren Boecker, Claus Vögele, Siegfried Gauggel and Thomas Forkmann

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2013 13:16

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  24. From 2006 to 2009, the Dutch government provided €5 m annually for a nationwide program to reduce seclusion in psychiatric hospitals by 10% a year. We aimed to establish whether the numbers of both seclusion a...

    Authors: Fleur J Vruwink, Cornelis L Mulder, Eric O Noorthoorn, Daan Uitenbroek and Henk LI Nijman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:231

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  25. The situation for older persons with mental disorders other than dementia disorders has scarcely been studied. The older population is increasing worldwide and along with this increase the prevalence of mental...

    Authors: Gunilla Martinsson, Ingegerd Fagerberg, Lena Wiklund-Gustin and Christina Lindholm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:197

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  26. Symptoms such as medically unexplained vaginal discharge (MUVD) are common and bothersome, leading to potentially unnecessary use of resources.

    Authors: Loulou Kobeissi, Ziyad Mahfoud, Brigitte Khoury, Fayssal El Kak, Zeina Ghantous, Marwan Khawaja, Rima Nakkash, Sami Ramia, Huda Zurayk, Ricardo Araya and Tim J Peters

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:195

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  27. Schizophrenia is a significantly disabling disease that affects all major areas of life. There is a lack of comprehensive synthesis of research findings on the full extent of psychosocial difficulties (PSDs) e...

    Authors: Piotr Świtaj, Marta Anczewska, Anna Chrostek, Carla Sabariego, Alarcos Cieza, Jerome Bickenbach and Somnath Chatterji

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:193

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  28. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders with a high prevalence among the older adults. In recent years, after realizing some side effects of the antidepressants, non-pharmacological psychological...

    Authors: Ting-ji Chen, Hui-jie Li and Juan Li

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:189

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  29. Suicidal patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital are considered to be at risk of suicidal behavior (SB) and suicide. The present study aimed to seek predictors of SB recurrence of the high-risk patients by...

    Authors: Naoki Hayashi, Miyabi Igarashi, Atsushi Imai, Yuka Yoshizawa, Kaori Utsumi, Yoichi Ishikawa, Taro Tokunaga, Kayo Ishimoto, Hirohiko Harima, Yoshitaka Tatebayashi, Naoki Kumagai, Makoto Nozu, Hidetoki Ishii and Yuji Okazaki

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:186

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  30. Vocational integration of people with mental illness is poor despite their willingness to work. The ‘Individual Placement and Support’ (IPS) model which emphasises rapid and direct job placement and continuing...

    Authors: Carlos Nordt, Elisabeth Brantschen, Wolfram Kawohl, Bettina Bärtsch, Helene Haker, Nicolas Rüsch and Wulf Rössler

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:165

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  31. There is a significant treatment gap for patients with depression. A third of sufferers never seek help, and the vast majority of those who do only do so after considerable delay. Little is understood regardin...

    Authors: Caroline Farmer, Paul Farrand and Heather O’Mahen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:164

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  32. Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, there has been increased international attention to mental health needs throughout the country. The present study represents one of the first epidemiologic studies of depres...

    Authors: Bradley H Wagenaar, Ashley K Hagaman, Bonnie N Kaiser, Kristen E McLean and Brandon A Kohrt

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:149

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  33. The high number of involuntary placements of people with mental disorders in Switzerland and other European countries constitutes a major public health issue. In view of the ethical and personal relevance of c...

    Authors: Barbara Lay, Hans Joachim Salize, Harald Dressing, Nicolas Rüsch, Thekla Schönenberger, Monika Bühlmann, Marco Bleiker, Silke Lengler, Lena Korinth and Wulf Rössler

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:136

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  34. The UK Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for employers to ask health questions before making an offer of employment except in certain circumstances. While the majority of employers would prefer applicants to...

    Authors: Claire Henderson, Elaine Brohan, Sarah Clement, Paul Williams, Francesca Lassman, Oliver Schauman, Joanna Murray, Caroline Murphy, Mike Slade and Graham Thornicroft

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:133

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  35. A small number of patient-level variables have replicated associations with the length of stay (LOS) of psychiatric inpatients. Although need for housing has often been identified as a cause of delayed dischar...

    Authors: Alex D Tulloch, Mizanur R Khondoker, Paul Fearon and Anthony S David

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:121

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  36. Mental disorders, common in primary care, are often associated with physical complaints. While exposure to psychosocial stressors and development or presence of principal mental disorders (i.e. depression, anx...

    Authors: Lilli Herzig, Nicole Mühlemann, Bernard Burnand, Bernard Favrat, Nader Haftgoli, François Verdon, Thomas Bischoff and Paul Vaucher

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:120

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  37. Few studies have used standardized QOL instruments to assess the quality of life (QOL) in Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome (GTS) patients. This work investigates the QOL of adult GTS patients and examines the re...

    Authors: Isabelle Jalenques, Fabienne Galland, Laurent Malet, Dominique Morand, Guillaume Legrand, Candy Auclair, Andreas Hartmann, Philippe Derost and Franck Durif

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:109

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  38. Family psychoeducation is a relatively simple and straightforward intervention whose prophylactic effectiveness and cost-effectiveness is well-established for schizophrenia. We have recently demonstrated its e...

    Authors: Shinji Shimodera, Toshi A Furukawa, Yoshio Mino, Kae Shimazu, Atsushi Nishida and Shimpei Inoue

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:40

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  39. Cognitive processing in Bipolar Disorder is characterized by a number of attentional abnormalities. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy combines mindfulness meditation, a form of attentional training, along wi...

    Authors: Fleur M Howells, Victoria L Ives-Deliperi, Neil R Horn and Dan J Stein

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:15

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  40. Psychosocial stress caused by war, ongoing conflict, lack of security, and restricted access to resources promotes mental suffering and diseases in many resource-poor countries. In an exemplary setting, the pr...

    Authors: Sarah Ayoughi, Inge Missmahl, Roland Weierstall and Thomas Elbert

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:14

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  41. Stigma and discrimination present an important barrier to finding and keeping work for individuals with a mental health problem. This paper reviews evidence on: 1) employment-related disclosure beliefs and beh...

    Authors: Elaine Brohan, Claire Henderson, Kay Wheat, Estelle Malcolm, Sarah Clement, Elizabeth A Barley, Mike Slade and Graham Thornicroft

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:11

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  42. Cognitive behavioral therapy is treatment of choice for insomnia, but availability is scarce. Self-help can increase availability at low cost, but evidence for its efficacy is limited, especially for the typic...

    Authors: Susanna Jernelöv, Mats Lekander, Kerstin Blom, Sara Rydh, Brjánn Ljótsson, John Axelsson and Viktor Kaldo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2012 12:5

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  43. Although numerous efficacy studies in recent years have found internet-based interventions for depression to be effective, there has been scant consideration of therapeutic process factors in the online settin...

    Authors: Barbara Preschl, Andreas Maercker and Birgit Wagner

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:189

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  44. Peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, but is inadequately described in patients with schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to evaluate trea...

    Authors: Jørn Heggelund, Jan Hoff, Jan Helgerud, Geir E Nilsberg and Gunnar Morken

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:188

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  45. Emerging evidence indicates an association between mental illness and poor quality of physical health care. To test this, we compared mental health clients (MHCs) with non-MHCs on potentially preventable hospi...

    Authors: Qun Mai, C D'Arcy J Holman, Frank M Sanfilippo and Jonathan D Emery

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2011 11:163

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