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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. Effective transdiagnostic treatments for patients presenting with principal or comorbid symptoms of anxiety and depression enable more efficient provision of mental health care and may be particularly suitable...

    Authors: Sarah Frances, Frances Shawyer, Bruno Cayoun, Joanne Enticott and Graham Meadows

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:7

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:136

  2. Although psychosomatic medicine is not recognised as a medical specialisation globally, it has proven useful for treating many disorders in Germany. This paper reports on the impact of an educational workshop ...

    Authors: Franziska Baessler, Anja Ciprianidis, Fabienne Louise Wagner, Ali Zafar, Thanos Kanellopoulos, Tabea Chiara Baumann, Clara-Louisa Sandmann and Jobst-Hendrik Schultz

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:6

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  3. Measuring family members’ satisfaction with inpatient psychiatric care may help improve the quality of healthcare in psychiatric hospitals. This survey aimed to investigate the satisfaction of family members w...

    Authors: Feng Jiang, Linlin Hu, Ruiping Zhao, Huixuan Zhou, Yinuo Wu, Jeffrey J. Rakofsky, Tingfang Liu, Huanzhong Liu, Yuanli Liu and Yi-Lang Tang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:427

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  4. Mental disorders are a leading cause of global disability, driven primarily by depression and anxiety. Most of the disease burden is in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), where 75% of adults with mental ...

    Authors: Rachel Levy, Muthoni Mathai, Purba Chatterjee, Linnet Ongeri, Simon Njuguna, Dickens Onyango, Dickens Akena, Grace Rota, Ammon Otieno, Thomas C. Neylan, Hafsa Lukwata, James G. Kahn, Craig R. Cohen, David Bukusi, Gregory A. Aarons, Rachel Burger…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:424

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  5. Compulsory admission to psychiatric hospital is rising despite serious ethical concerns. Among measures to reduce compulsory admissions, Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD) are the most promising, with intens...

    Authors: Aurélie Tinland, Léa Leclerc, Sandrine Loubière, Frederic Mougeot, Tim Greacen, Magali Pontier, Nicolas Franck, Christophe Lançon, Mohamed Boucekine and Pascal Auquier

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:422

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  6. Since 2009 Time to Change has included among its strategies a social marketing campaign to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health problems. At the start of its third phase (2016–2021) the target group of ...

    Authors: Clara González-Sanguino, Laura C. Potts, Maria Milenova and Claire Henderson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:417

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  7. Mental health recovery narratives are a core component of recovery-oriented interventions such as peer support and anti-stigma campaigns. A substantial number of recorded recovery narratives are now publicly a...

    Authors: Fiona Ng, Ashleigh Charles, Kristian Pollock, Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, Pim Cuijpers, Steve Gillard, Lian van der Krieke, Rob Bongaardt, Scott Pomberth, Julie Repper, James Roe, Joy Llewellyn-Beardsley, Caroline Yeo, Ada Hui, Laurie Hare-Duke, David Manley…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:413

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  8. Staff and service users have expressed concerns that service improvements in British mental health wards have been slow or transient. It is possible that certain changes are positive for some (e.g. service use...

    Authors: Caroline Laker, Matteo Cella, Deborah Agbediro, Felicity Callard and Til Wykes

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:407

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  9. CBT comprises many discrete components that vary in complexity, but implementation and training efforts often approach CBT as a single entity. We examined variability in clinician intentions to use different s...

    Authors: Courtney Benjamin Wolk, Emily M. Becker-Haimes, Jessica Fishman, Nicholas W. Affrunti, David S. Mandell and Torrey A. Creed

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:406

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  10. Mother and baby units (MBUs) are an inpatient mental health service where women experiencing acute severe postpartum psychiatric difficulties can be admitted with their babies. They are currently viewed as bes...

    Authors: Jessica Griffiths, Billie Lever Taylor, Nicola Morant, Debra Bick, Louise M. Howard, Gertrude Seneviratne and Sonia Johnson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:401

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  11. Global mental health is a widely used term describing initiatives in policies, research and practice to improve the mental health of people worldwide. It has been gaining momentum over the last 10 years, refle...

    Authors: Stefan Priebe, Álvaro Arenas Borrero, Victoria Bird, Alma Džubur Kulenoviĉ, Domenico Giacco, Carlos Gómez Restrepo, Fahmy Hanna, Sandrasagary Jayacodi, Seggane Musisi, Craig Morgan, Noeline Nakasujja, Alina Sabitova, Stephen Sandford, Nelson Sewankambo and José Miguel Uribe Restrepo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:392

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  12. Therapeutic engagement (TE) has been described as the crux of mental health nursing but despite its perceived importance, to date, there is no measurement tool that captures it. As a result, there is no way of...

    Authors: Mary Chambers, Sue McAndrew, Fiona Nolan, Ben Thomas, Paul Watts, Robert Grant and Xenya Kantaris

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:384

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  13. The vast majority of older people with mental illness prefer to live independently in their own homes. Barriers caused by the health care system often prevent adequate, adapted treatments. With regard to the i...

    Authors: Günter Klug, Manuela Gallunder, Gerhard Hermann, Monika Singer and Günter Schulter

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:382

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  14. Reducing readmissions among frequent users of psychiatric inpatient care could result in substantial cost savings to under-resourced mental health systems. Studies from high-income countries indicate that form...

    Authors: Grace K. Ryan, Mauricia Kamuhiirwa, James Mugisha, Dave Baillie, Cerdic Hall, Carter Newman, Eddie Nkurunungi, Sujit D. Rathod, Karen M. Devries, Mary J. De Silva and Richard Mpango

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:374

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  15. Failure to seek treatment for mental health disorders is a serious public health concern. Unfortunately, there is little insight into help-seeking and its associated factors in China which has undergone rapid ...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:373

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  16. China has the world’s largest aging population and the number of empty-nest older adults is on the rise. In comparison to the aging population in general, empty-nest older adults have a lower level of subjecti...

    Authors: Li-Na Wang, Hong Tao, Mi Wang, Hong-Wei Yu, Hong Su and Bei Wu

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:365

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  17. Peer-delivered services potentially provide broad, multifaceted benefits for persons suffering severe mental illness. Most studies to date have been conducted in countries with well-developed outpatient mental...

    Authors: Yunge Fan, Ning Ma, Liang Ma, Wufang Zhang, Wei Xu, Ruina Shi, Hanyan Chen, J. Steven Lamberti and Eric D. Caine

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:360

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  18. Few studies have addressed mental illness-related discrimination in low-income countries, where the mental health treatment gap is highest. We aimed to evaluate the experience of discrimination among persons w...

    Authors: Sarah Forthal, Abebaw Fekadu, Girmay Medhin, Medhin Selamu, Graham Thornicroft and Charlotte Hanlon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:340

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  19. Unhealthy lifestyle behaviours contribute to alarming cardiometabolic risk in patients with serious mental illness (SMI). Evidence-based practical lifestyle tools supporting patients and staff in improving pat...

    Authors: Anne Looijmans, Frederike Jörg, Richard Bruggeman, Robert A. Schoevers and Eva Corpeleijn

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:339

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  20. Increasing attention has been paid to differences in the prevalence of perinatal depression by HIV status, although inconsistent results have been reported. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis ...

    Authors: Qi-Yu Zhu, De-Sheng Huang, Jian-Da Lv, Peng Guan and Xing-Hua Bai

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:330

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  21. Numerous studies across international settings have highlighted a need to improve the appropriateness and continuity of services for young people experiencing mental ill health. This paper examines key feature...

    Authors: Rachael Green, Penelope Fay Mitchell, Kira Lee, Ella Svensson, Jia-Wern Toh, Carolyn Barentsen, Michala Copeland, J. Richard Newton, Kari Christine Hawke and Lisa Brophy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:311

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  22. Shared decision making is a widely accepted standard of patient-centred care that leads to improved clinical outcomes, yet it is commonly underutilised in the field of mental health. Furthermore, little is kno...

    Authors: S. J. Kaar, C. Gobjila, E. Butler, C. Henderson and O. D. Howes

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:309

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  23. Persistent physical symptoms (PPS), also known as medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), affect approximately 50% of patients in secondary care and are often associated with disability, psychological distress a...

    Authors: Trudie Chalder, Meenal Patel, Kirsty James, Matthew Hotopf, Philipp Frank, Katie Watts, Paul McCrone, Anthony David, Mark Ashworth, Mujtaba Husain, Toby Garrood, Rona Moss-Morris and Sabine Landau

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:307

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2020 20:403

  24. Patients with mental illness are frequently treated in primary care, where Primary Care Providers (PCPs) report feeling ill-equipped to manage their care. Team-based models of care improve outcomes for patient...

    Authors: Danielle F. Loeb, Samantha Pelican Monson, Steven Lockhart, Cori Depue, Evette Ludman, Donald E. Nease Jr, Ingrid A. Binswanger, Danielle M. Kline, Frank V. de Gruy, Dixie G. Good and Elizabeth A. Bayliss

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:299

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  25. Common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety frequently co-occur and may share etiological mechanisms. The metacognitive model is based on the principle that there are common pathological mechanisms ...

    Authors: Henrik Nordahl, Ingunn Harsvik Ødegaard, Odin Hjemdal and Adrian Wells

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:288

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  26. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of premature death among people with serious mental illness (SMI). Sedentary behaviour (SB) is an independent risk factor for CVD and mortality and people with...

    Authors: Julie Williams, Brendon Stubbs, Sol Richardson, Cathy Flower, Lucy Barr-Hamilton, Barbara Grey, Kathryn Hubbard, Gilda Spaducci, Fiona Gaughran and Tom Craig

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:287

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  27. Maternal mental health is an international public health concern. Many women experience mental ill-health during and after pregnancy, but assessment is not part of routine maternity care in many low- and middl...

    Authors: Mary McCauley, Abigail Brown, Bernice Ofosu and Nynke van den Broek

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:279

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:304

  28. Many Canadian adolescents and young adults with mental health problems face delayed detection, long waiting lists, poorly accessible services, care of inconsistent quality and abrupt or absent inter-service tr...

    Authors: Srividya N. Iyer, Jai Shah, Patricia Boksa, Shalini Lal, Ridha Joober, Neil Andersson, Rebecca Fuhrer, Amal Abdel-Baki, Ann M. Beaton, Paula Reaume-Zimmer, Daphne Hutt-MacLeod, Mary Anne Levasseur, Ranjith Chandrasena, Cécile Rousseau, Jill Torrie, Meghan Etter…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:273

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  29. The treatment of homeless dual-diagnosis patients (i.e., those with severe mental illness and substance-use disorder) is difficult and often fails. For patients in the Netherlands who had not responded to earl...

    Authors: G. D. van Kranenburg, R. H. S. van den Brink, W. G. Mulder, W. J. Diekman, G. H. M. Pijnenborg and C. L. Mulder

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:270

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  30. Although the adverse effects of cancer diagnoses and treatments on mental health are known, about less than 10% of patients are estimated to be referred to seek help. The primary purpose of this study was to o...

    Authors: Dilek Anuk, Mine Özkan, Ahmet Kizir and Sedat Özkan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:269

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  31. Family and friends (carer) involvement in the treatment of people with mental illness is widely recommended. However, the implementation remains poor, especially during hospital treatment, where carers report ...

    Authors: Justina Kaselionyte, Maev Conneely and Domenico Giacco

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:268

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  32. This study examined the effects of the standard model of family psychoeducation (SM-FPE) in Japan on the mental health of relatives who care for young patients with a psychotic disorder.

    Authors: Nao Shiraishi, Norio Watanabe, Fujika Katsuki, Hajime Sakaguchi and Tatsuo Akechi

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:263

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  33. Few studies exploring the actual practices implemented for long-term mental health and psychosocial support after a natural disaster have been published. This study aimed to reveal (1) the types of activities ...

    Authors: Moe Seto, Harumi Nemoto, Natsuko Kobayashi, Saya Kikuchi, Nami Honda, Yoshiharu Kim, Ilan Kelman and Hiroaki Tomita

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:261

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  34. The behavioral health service provider population is highly heterogeneous. However, it is rarely treated as such within evidence-based practice implementation efforts. This study aimed to evaluate, as a proof ...

    Authors: Emily M. Becker-Haimes, Viktor Lushin, Torrey A. Creed and Rinad S. Beidas

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:257

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  35. Despite the rising recognition of personal recovery, there is a lack of research on personal recovery in individuals with psychosis in Singapore. This study aims to evaluate the psychometric properties of the ...

    Authors: Madeline Lim, Ziqiang Li, Huiting Xie, Bhing Leet Tan and Jimmy Lee

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:256

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  36. This commentary examines publicly available information on 2017–2018 outcomes in the UK government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, a National Health Service (NHS) primary care m...

    Authors: Naomi Petra Moller, Gemma Ryan, Jasmine Rollings and Michael Barkham

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:252

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:302

  37. Therapeutic staff-patient interaction is fundamental in psychiatric care. It is recognized as a key to healing in and of itself, or a premise to enhance psychiatric treatment adherence. Still, little is known ...

    Authors: Kjellaug K. Myklebust and Stål Bjørkly

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:251

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  38. Major mental disorders in prison populations have been recognised as a long-term problem with an important impact on public health. Despite this, screening activities in prisons are still weak in Latin America...

    Authors: Andrés Benavides, Juan Chuchuca, David Klaic, William Waters, Miguel Martín and Natalia Romero-Sandoval

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:248

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  39. To date no study has compared more specifically the psychotropic medication treatment patterns for patients with schizophrenia living in community between rural and urban areas. This study examined the rural-u...

    Authors: Cai-Lan Hou, Shi-Bin Wang, Fei Wang, Ming-Zhi Xu, Miao-Yang Chen, Mei-Ying Cai, Yao-Nan Xiao and Fu-Jun Jia

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:242

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  40. On the basis of earlier experiences in Germany and England, we developed an intensive multimodal group programme (FACT Plus) for psychotic-spectrum patients. By combining it with regular Flexible Assertive Com...

    Authors: Mark H. de Jong, André I. Wierdsma, Arthur R. Van Gool and Cornelis L. Mulder

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:241

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  41. The stepped-care pathway (SCP) model has previously been found to be clinically effective for depressive disorder in some studies, but not all. Several groups have suggested that a stepped-care approach is the...

    Authors: Charles Yan, Katherine Rittenbach, Sepideh Souri and Peter H. Silverstone

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:240

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  42. Mothers who live with mental illness face diverse challenges. Research suggests that partner support or otherwise is likely to have a crucial influence on mothers’ abilities to manage these challenges, yet lit...

    Authors: Emily Beard, Anne Honey, Nicola Hancock, Ruby Awram, Melissa Miceli and Rachel Mayes

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:229

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  43. An adequate frequency of treatment might be a prerequisite for a favorable outcome. Unfortunately, there is a diversity of factors that interfere with an adequate frequency of sessions. This occurs especially ...

    Authors: Bea Tiemens, Margot Kloos, Jan Spijker, Theo Ingenhoven, Mirjam Kampman and Gert-Jan Hendriks

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2019 19:228

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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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