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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

    Approximately 10% of the individuals experiencing the death of a loved one develop prolonged grief disorder (PGD) after bereavement. Family members of haematological cancer patients might be particularly burde...

    Authors: Rahel Hoffmann, Julia Große, Michaela Nagl, Dietger Niederwieser, Anja Mehnert and Anette Kersting

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:52

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    Early retirement caused by disability pension (DP) due to common mental disorders (CMDs) is frequent in European countries. Inadequate treatment, e.g., suboptimal antidepressant (AD) medication before DP can b...

    Authors: Syed Rahman, Michael Wiberg, Kristina Alexanderson, Jussi Jokinen, Antti Tanskanen and Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:47

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    The term “loss-of-only-child family” means that the only child in a family passed away or is disabled due to an accident or other events. The parents who cannot conceive or do not adopt another child, are know...

    Authors: Qianlan Yin, Zhilei Shang, Na Zhou, Lili Wu, Guangyu Liu, Xiaoqian Yu, Huaihui Zhang, Haidong Xue and Weizhi Liu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:45

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    Most women with postpartum depression (PPD) in low- and middle-income countries remain undiagnosed and untreated, despite evidence for adverse effects on the woman and her child. The aim of this study was to i...

    Authors: Telake Azale, Abebaw Fekadu, Girmay Medhin and Charlotte Hanlon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:41

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    Limited knowledge exists to inform the selection and introduction of locally relevant, feasible, and effective mental health interventions in diverse socio-cultural contexts and health systems. We examined sta...

    Authors: Wietse A. Tol, BreeOna Ebrecht, Rebecca Aiyo, Sarah M. Murray, Amanda J. Nguyen, Brandon A. Kohrt, Sheila Ndyanabangi, Stephen Alderman, Seggane Musisi and Juliet Nakku

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:39

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    There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play in relation to mental health. However, there has been no systematic review of the evidence related to the comprehensive role of compani...

    Authors: Helen Louise Brooks, Kelly Rushton, Karina Lovell, Penny Bee, Lauren Walker, Laura Grant and Anne Rogers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:31

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    Psychiatric patients are at high risk of becoming victim of a violent crime compared to the general population. Although most research has focused on patients with severe mental illness, depressed patients hav...

    Authors: Carolien Christ, Marleen M. de Waal, Digna J. F. van Schaik, Martijn J. Kikkert, Matthijs Blankers, Claudi L. H. Bockting, Aartjan T. F. Beekman and Jack J. M. Dekker

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:29

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The burden of caring for an older adult can be a form of stress and influence caregivers’ daily lives and health. Previous studies have reported that resilience and social support play an important role in red...

    Authors: Hui Lin Ong, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Edimansyah Abdin, Rajeswari Sambasivam, Restria Fauziana, Min-En Tan, Siow Ann Chong, Richard Roshan Goveas, Peak Chiang Chiam and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:27

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    Within high income countries, mental health is now the leading cause of long term sickness absence in the workplace. Managers are in a position to make changes and decisions that have a positive effect on the ...

    Authors: Aimée Gayed, Bridget T. Bryan, Katherine Petrie, Mark Deady, Allison Milner, Anthony D. LaMontagne, Rafael A. Calvo, Andrew Mackinnon, Helen Christensen, Arnstein Mykletun, Nicholas Glozier and Samuel B. Harvey

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:25

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Outpatient facilities, such as community behavioral health organizations (CBHOs), play a critical role in the care of patients with serious mental illness, but there is a paucity of “real-world” patient outcom...

    Authors: Kruti Joshi, Lian Mao, David M. Biondi and Robert Millet

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:24

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    Across many jurisdictions, adults with complex mental health and social needs face challenges accessing appropriate supports due to system fragmentation and strict eligibility criteria of existing services. To...

    Authors: Vicky Stergiopoulos, Dima Saab, Kate Francombe Pridham, Anjana Aery and Arash Nakhost

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:20

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Depressive and anxiety disorders are common in primary care setting but often remain undiagnosed. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is also prevalent in the general population and can impair recognition of common ment...

    Authors: Jurate Butnoriene, Vesta Steibliene, Ausra Saudargiene and Adomas Bunevicius

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:5

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  13. Content type: Research article

    For the majority of serving members, life in the military has a positive effect on wellbeing. However, the type, intensity and duration of service, along with the transition from fulltime military to civilian ...

    Authors: Candice Oster, Andrea Morello, Anthony Venning, Paula Redpath and Sharon Lawn

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:414

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Readiness to change is a pivotal construct for psychotherapy research and a major target of motivational interventions. Our primary objective was to examine whether pre-treatment readiness to change moderated ...

    Authors: Henning Krampe, Anna-Lena Salz, Léonie F. Kerper, Alexander Krannich, Tatjana Schnell, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke and Claudia D. Spies

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:417

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to undertake a psychometric analysis of the Psychiatric Nurses Methods of Coping Questionnaire (PNMCQ) - Arabic version when used to measure coping skills in psychiatric nurses in Jordan.

    Authors: Ahmad Yahya AL-Sagarat, Marwa Barmawi, Lourance A. E. Al Hadid, Jamal A. S. Qaddumi and Lorna Moxham

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:410

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    There is mounting evidence that people with severe mental illness have unhealthy lifestyles, high rates of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and greater risk of early mortality. This study aimed to assess...

    Authors: Margaret Heslin, Anita Patel, Daniel Stahl, Poonam Gardner-Sood, Manyara Mushore, Shubulade Smith, Kathryn Greenwood, Oluwadamilola Onagbesan, Conan O’Brien, Catherine Fung, Ruth Ohlsen, David Hopkins, Philippa Lowe, Maurice Arbuthnot, Stan Mutatsa, Gill Todd…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:407

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In China, children under 18 years old who are left at rural residences for at least 6 months by either one or both of their parents migrating to work in cities are called “left-behind children (LBC)”. Due to r...

    Authors: Yu Guang, Zhengzhi Feng, Guoyu Yang, Yaling Yang, Lifei Wang, Qin Dai, Chaobing Hu, Keyu Liu, Rui Zhang, Fan Xia and Mengxue Zhao

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:402

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    The CARe methodology aims to improve the quality of life of people with severe mental illness by supporting them in realizing their goals, handling their vulnerability and improving the quality of their social...

    Authors: Neis Bitter, Diana Roeg, Marcel van Assen, Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen and Jaap van Weeghel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:396

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    In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 35% of the population are aged 0–24 years. A significant proportion of these young people are living with chronic conditions (e.g., asthma, type 1 diabetes, cardiac conditions...

    Authors: Nabeel Al-Yateem, Rachel Rossiter, Walter Robb, Alaa Ahmad, Mahmoud Saleh Elhalik, Sumaya Albloshi and Shameran Slewa-Younan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:390

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    The Four-Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire (4DSQ) (Huisarts Wetenschap 39: 538–47, 1996) is a self-report questionnaire developed in the Netherlands to distinguish non-specific general distress from depression...

    Authors: Jan van Bebber, Johanna T. W. Wigman, Lex Wunderink, Jorge N. Tendeiro, Marieke Wichers, Janneke Broeksteeg, Bart Schrieken, Sjoerd Sytema, Berend Terluin and Rob R. Meijer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:382

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    In the UK, crisis planning for mental health care should acknowledge the right to make an informed advance treatment refusal under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Our aims were to estimate the demand for such tr...

    Authors: Claire Henderson, Simone Farrelly, Clare Flach, Rohan Borschmann, Max Birchwood, Graham Thornicroft, Waquas Waheed and George Szmukler

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:376

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    Many with a mental illness have an impoverished everyday life with few meaningful activities and a sedentary lifestyle. The study aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the 16-week Balancing Everyday Life (B...

    Authors: Mona Eklund, Carina Tjörnstrand, Mikael Sandlund and Elisabeth Argentzell

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:363

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    Personal recovery is increasingly recognised as an important outcome measure in mental health services. This study aimed to develop a Japanese version of the Questionnaire about the Process of Recovery (QPR-J)...

    Authors: Akiko Kanehara, Risa Kotake, Yuki Miyamoto, Yousuke Kumakura, Kentaro Morita, Tomoko Ishiura, Kimiko Shimizu, Yumiko Fujieda, Shuntaro Ando, Shinsuke Kondo and Kiyoto Kasai

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:360

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    There is increasing evidence for physical activity (PA) having a positive impact on physical and mental health as well as illness symptoms in individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). However, individuals ...

    Authors: Anders Farholm, Marit Sørensen, Hallgeir Halvari and Torfinn Hynnekleiv

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:359

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    The MacArthur Admission Experience Survey (AES) is a widely used tool to evaluate the level of perceived coercion experienced at psychiatric hospital admission. The French-language AES was prepared using a tra...

    Authors: Philippe Golay, Imane Semlali, Hélène Beuchat, Valentino Pomini, Benedetta Silva, Laurent Loutrel, Jacques Thonney, Sylfa Fassasi Gallo, Stéphane Morandi and Charles Bonsack

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:357

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    Caregivers are responsible for the home care of family members with mental-health disorders often experience changes in their life that can generate stress and burden. The aim of this study was to identify fac...

    Authors: Ana Lúcia Rezende Souza, Rafael Alves Guimarães, Daisy de Araújo Vilela, Renata Machado de Assis, Lizete Malagoni de Almeida Cavalcante Oliveira, Mariana Rezende Souza, Douglas José Nogueira and Maria Alves Barbosa

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:353

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Compulsory admissions have a strong effect on psychiatric patients and represent a deprivation of personal liberty. Although the rate of such admissions is tending to rise in several Western countries, there i...

    Authors: Mark H. de Jong, Margreet Oorschot, Astrid M. Kamperman, Petra E. Brussaard, Esther M. Knijff, Roland van de Sande, Arthur R. Van Gool and Cornelis L. Mulder

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:350

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Human brain tissue is crucial to study the molecular and cellular basis of psychiatric disorders. However, the current availability of human brain tissue is inadequate. Therefore, the Netherlands Brain Bank in...

    Authors: Geertje M. de Lange, Marleen Rademaker, Marco P. Boks and Saskia J. M. C. Palmen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:347

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    Psychiatric service use has increased in Sweden and in other developed countries, particularly among young people. Possible explanations include lower threshold for help-seeking among young people, but evidenc...

    Authors: Kyriaki Kosidou, Andreas Lundin, Glyn Lewis, Peeter Fredlund, Henrik Dal and Christina Dalman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:345

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Depressive and adjustment disorders are highly prevalent in patients with physical diseases and are associated with poorer quality of life, increased morbidity and mortality, as well as higher healthcare costs...

    Authors: Miriam Ruesch, Almut Helmes and Juergen Bengel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:340

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    Interest has increased in programs offering self-admission to inpatient treatment for patients with severe psychiatric illness, whereby patients who are well-known to a service are afforded the opportunity to ...

    Authors: Mattias Strand, Sanna A. Gustafsson, Cynthia M. Bulik and Yvonne von Hausswolff-Juhlin

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:343

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Recovery oriented service provisions means focusing on outcomes that are important to consumers themselves rather than to clinicians or services. Partners in Recovery (PIR) is an Australia-wide initiative desi...

    Authors: Shifra Waks, Justin Newton Scanlan, Bridget Berry, Richard Schweizer, Nicola Hancock and Anne Honey

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:338

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    Previous studies focused on the relationship between body mass index and cognitive disorder and obtained many conflicting results. This study explored the potential effects of body mass index on the risk of mi...

    Authors: Feng Wang, Minghui Zhao, Zhaoli Han, Dai Li, Shishuang Zhang, Yongqiang Zhang, Xiaodong Kong, Ning Sun, Qiang Zhang and Ping Lei

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:334

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    Depression and anxiety are prevalent and under treated conditions that create enormous burden for the patient and the health system. Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) improves patient access...

    Authors: H.D. Hadjistavropoulos, M.M. Nugent, D. Dirkse and N. Pugh

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:331

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the psychosocial stressors of people with psychoses from minority ethnic groups may help in the development of culturally appropriate services. This study aimed to compare psychosocial factors as...

    Authors: Martin Rotenberg, Andrew Tuck and Kwame McKenzie

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:324

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Reduced funding to public health care systems during economic downturns is a common phenomenon around the world. The effect of health care cost on family members of the patients has not been established. This ...

    Authors: Hui Jun Chih and Wenbin Liang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:323

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The home is imperative for the possibilities for meaningful everyday activities among people with psychiatric disabilities. Knowledge of whether such possibilities vary with type of housing and housing support...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:315

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  38. Content type: Research article

    A randomized controlled trial ‘Money for Medication’(M4M) was conducted in which patients were offered financial incentives for taking antipsychotic depot medication. This study assessed the attitudes and ethi...

    Authors: Ernst L. Noordraven, Maartje H. N. Schermer, Peter Blanken, Cornelis L. Mulder and André I. Wierdsma

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:313

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about patients with a first episode of psychosis (FEP) who had first presented to prodromal services with an “at risk mental state” (ARMS) before making the transition to psychosis. We set out ...

    Authors: Olesya Ajnakina, Craig Morgan, Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Sherifat Oduola, François Bourque, Sally Bramley, Jessica Williamson, James H. MacCabe, Paola Dazzan, Robin M. Murray and Anthony S. David

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:308

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    The time following discharge from psychiatric hospitalisation is a high risk period. Rates of hospital readmission are high and there is increased risk for homelessness and suicide. Transitional and post-disch...

    Authors: Justin Newton Scanlan, Nicola Hancock and Anne Honey

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:307

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    Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) disproportionally affects Indigenous Australians. Friends, family and frontline workers (for example, teachers, youth workers) are often best positioned to provide initial assis...

    Authors: Gregory Armstrong, Natalie Ironfield, Claire M. Kelly, Katrina Dart, Kerry Arabena, Kathy Bond and Anthony F. Jorm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:300

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Increasing physical activity in patients with severe mental illness is believed to have positive effects on physical health, psychiatric symptoms and as well quality of life. Till now, little is known about th...

    Authors: Jeroen Deenik, Frank Kruisdijk, Diederik Tenback, Annemarie Braakman-Jansen, Erik Taal, Marijke Hopman-Rock, Aartjan Beekman, Erwin Tak, Ingrid Hendriksen and Peter van Harten

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:298

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  43. Content type: Study protocol

    Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) is associated with a range of psychosocial and mental health problems. Having a psychiatric illness increases likelihood of being a victim of DVA. Despite the evidence of a hi...

    Authors: Roos E. Ruijne, Louise M. Howard, Kylee Trevillion, Femke E. Jongejan, Carlo Garofalo, Stefan Bogaerts, Cornelis L. Mulder and Astrid M. Kamperman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:288

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The current study aimed to explore the correct recognition of mental disorders across dementia, alcohol abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia and depression, along with its correlates in a ...

    Authors: Lee Seng Esmond Seow, Boon Yiang Chua, Huiting Xie, Jia Wang, Hui Lin Ong, Edimansyah Abdin, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:289

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  45. Content type: Research article

    A stepped-care program was found effective in preventing depressive and anxiety disorders in older adults with vision impairment. However, before a decision can be made about implementation, the cost-effective...

    Authors: Hilde P. A. van der Aa, Ger H. M. B. van Rens, Judith E. Bosmans, Hannie C. Comijs and Ruth M. A. van Nispen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:280

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The Network for Mental Health (NWpG-IC) is an integrated mental health care program implemented in 2009 by cooperation between health insurance companies and community mental health providers in Germany. Meanw...

    Authors: Annabel Sandra Mueller-Stierlin, Marina Julia Helmbrecht, Katrin Herder, Stefanie Prinz, Nadine Rosenfeld, Julia Walendzik, Marco Holzmann, Uemmueguelsuem Dinc, Matthias Schützwohl, Thomas Becker and Reinhold Kilian

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:283

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    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and efficient treatment for several severe psychiatric disorders, but its use is limited by side effects. Post-ECT headache is one of the commonest side effects. Preem...

    Authors: Amila Isuru, Asiri Rodrigo, Chamara Wijesinghe, Dileepa Ediriweera, Shan Premadasa, Carmel Wijesekara and Lalith Kuruppuarachchi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:275

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