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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. Peer support services for patients with severe mental illness (SMI) originated from Western countries and have become increasingly popular during the past twenty years. The aim of this paper is to describe a p...

    Authors: Yunge Fan, Ning Ma, Liang Ma, Wei Xu, J. Steven Lamberti and Eric D. Caine

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:170

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  2. The adverse effects of loneliness and of poor perceived social support on physical health and mortality are established, but no systematic synthesis is available of their relationship with the outcomes of ment...

    Authors: Jingyi Wang, Farhana Mann, Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, Ruimin Ma and Sonia Johnson

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:156

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  3. Police officers experience a high degree of chronic stress. Policing ranks among the highest professions in terms of disease and accident rates. Mental health is particularly impacted, evidenced by elevated ra...

    Authors: Marcelo Trombka, Marcelo Demarzo, Daniel Campos Bacas, Sonia Beira Antonio, Karen Cicuto, Vera Salvo, Felipe Cesar Almeida Claudino, Letícia Ribeiro, Michael Christopher, Javier Garcia-Campayo and Neusa Sica Rocha

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:151

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  4. Psychiatric problems among college students on USA campuses are common. Little is known about similar problems in developing countries, particularly the Arab region. The goal of this study was to assess the fr...

    Authors: Ziad Kronfol, Batoul Khalifa, Brigitte Khoury, Omar Omar, Sariah Daouk, J. P. deWitt, Nourehan ElAzab and Daniel Eisenberg

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:147

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  5. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based approach to help people with severe mental illness achieve competitive employment. This article provides insight into an organizational and a financi...

    Authors: Miljana Vukadin, Frederieke G. Schaafsma, Marjan J. Westerman, Harry W. C. Michon and Johannes R. Anema

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:145

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  6. Offering financial incentives is an effective intervention for improving adherence in patients taking antipsychotic depot medication. We assessed whether patients’ motivation for treatment might be reduced aft...

    Authors: Ernst L. Noordraven, André I. Wierdsma, Peter Blanken, Anthony F. T. Bloemendaal and Cornelis L. Mulder

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:144

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  7. The influence of personality on health-related quality of life in patients with multiple sclerosis has been the focus of previous studies showing that introversion and neuroticism were related with reduced hea...

    Authors: S. Salhofer-Polanyi, F. Friedrich, S. Löffler, P. S. Rommer, A. Gleiss, R. Engelmaier, F. Leutmezer and B. Vyssoki

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:143

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  8. Close, continuous and efficient collaboration between different professions and sectors of care is necessary to provide patient-centered care for individuals with mental disorders. The lack of structured colla...

    Authors: Anne Neumann, Enno Swart, Dennis Häckl, Roman Kliemt, Stefanie March, Denise Küster, Katrin Arnold, Thomas Petzold, Fabian Baum, Martin Seifert, Jessika Weiß, Andrea Pfennig and Jochen Schmitt

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:139

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  9. Mental health policy can be an essential and powerful tool to improve a population’s mental health. However, around one third of countries do not possess a mental health policy, and there are large disparities...

    Authors: Wei Zhou, Yu Yu, Mei Yang, Lizhang Chen and Shuiyuan Xiao

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:138

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  10. The management of severe mental disorder (SMD) patients in communities is an important initiative of healthcare reform in China. Yet the effects in terms of risk behavior of patients are unclear, particularly ...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Liu, Xiang Liu, Hong Wen, Dan Wang, Xianmei Yang, Weiwei Tang, Yaxi Li, Tao Zhang and Min Yang

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:134

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  11. Post-deinstitutionalisation, mental health supported accommodation services have been implemented widely. The available research evidence is heterogeneous in nature and resistant to synthesis attempts, leaving...

    Authors: Peter McPherson, Joanna Krotofil and Helen Killaspy

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:128

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  12. This study explores the effectiveness of an electronic consultation (eConsult) service between primary care providers and psychiatry, and the types and content of the clinical questions that were asked.

    Authors: Douglas Archibald, Julia Stratton, Clare Liddy, Rachel E. Grant, Douglas Green and Erin J. Keely

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:119

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  13. The Helping Alliance Questionnaire (HAQ) is a frequently used and highly relevant instrument to assess the therapeutic alliance. The questionnaire was translated into German by Bassler and colleagues (1995) an...

    Authors: Hannah Sophie Eich, Levente Kriston, Elisabeth Schramm and Josef Bailer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:107

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  14. Life events (LEs) are associated with future physical and mental health. They are crucial for understanding the pathways to mental disorders as well as the interactions with biological parameters. However, dee...

    Authors: Johanna König, Andrea Block, Mathias Becker, Kristin Fenske, Johannes Hertel, Sandra Van der Auwera, Kathleen Zymara, Henry Völzke, Harald Jürgen Freyberger and Hans Jörgen Grabe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:105

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  15. Family members who care for patients with severe mental illness experience emotional distress and report a higher incidence of mental illness than those in the general population. They report feeling inadequat...

    Authors: Yasmin Gharavi, Barbara Stringer, Adriaan Hoogendoorn, Jan Boogaarts, Bas Van Raaij and Berno Van Meijel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:84

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  16. Metabolic abnormalities are common in patients maintained on antipsychotics. These abnormalities increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and mortality in this population. The aim of this study is to asses...

    Authors: Samer Hammoudeh, Suhaila Ghuloum, Ziyad Mahfoud, Arij Yehya, Abdulmoneim Abdulhakam, Azza Al-Mujalli, Mahmoud Al-Zirie, Mohamed Osman Abdel Rahman, Angela Godwin, Noura Younes, Yahya Hani, Dennis Mook-Kanamori, Marjonneke Mook-Kanamori, Reem El Sherbiny and Hassen Al-Amin

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:81

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  17. We examined the mental health status and severity of psychological distress symptoms among young adults residing in Kabul, Afghanistan and determined how such outcomes might be influenced by an array of risk a...

    Authors: Qais Alemi, Carl Stempel, Patrick Marius Koga, Susanne Montgomery, Valerie Smith, Gagandeep Sandhu, Bianca Villegas and Jessica Requejo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:71

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  18. There is no screening tool for major depressive disorder (MDD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in asylum-seekers or refugees (ASR) that can be readily administered by non-mental health workers. Hence,...

    Authors: Debbie C. Hocking, Serafino G. Mancuso and Suresh Sundram

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:69

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  19. Mental health and mental illness are often overlooked in the management of patients in our health services. Depression is a common mental disorder worldwide. Recognising and managing mental illnesses such as d...

    Authors: Isabelle Dibu Mulango, Julius Atashili, Bradley N. Gaynes and Tsi Njim

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:66

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  20. Mental disorders often have onset early in life, contribute substantially to the global disease burden, and may interfere with young people’s ability to complete age-relevant tasks in important developmental p...

    Authors: Kristin Gustavson, Ann Kristin Knudsen, Ragnar Nesvåg, Gun Peggy Knudsen, Stein Emil Vollset and Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:65

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  21. Befriending has become a widely used method for tackling social isolation in individuals with severe mental illness (SMI), and evidence exists to support its effectiveness. However, patient preferences for bef...

    Authors: Sarah Toner, Megan Cassidy, Agnes Chevalier, Aida Farreny, Monica Leverton, Mariana Pinto da Costa and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:64

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  22. The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) sought to implement mental health care plans (MHCP) for four priority mental disorders (depression, alcohol use disorder, psychosis and epilepsy) into rou...

    Authors: Emily C. Baron, Sujit D. Rathod, Charlotte Hanlon, Martin Prince, Abebaw Fedaku, Fred Kigozi, Mark Jordans, Nagendra P. Luitel, Girmay Medhin, Vaibhav Murhar, Juliet Nakku, Vikram Patel, Inge Petersen, One Selohilwe, Rahul Shidhaye, Joshua Ssebunnya…

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:61

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  23. One of many types of injuries following an earthquake is spinal cord injury (SCI) which is a life-long medically complex injury and high-cost health problem. Despite several negative consequences, some persons...

    Authors: Muna Bhattarai, Khomapak Maneewat and Wipa Sae-Sia

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:60

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  24. Depression and anxiety are common mental health disorders worldwide. The UK’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme is part of the National Health Service (NHS) designed to provide a ste...

    Authors: Derek Richards, Daniel Duffy, Brid Blackburn, Caroline Earley, Angel Enrique, Jorge Palacios, Matthew Franklin, Gabriella Clarke, Sarah Sollesse, Sarah Connell and Ladislav Timulak

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:59

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  25. Hospitalization is a common method to intensify care for patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis. A short-term, specialised, out-patient crisis intervention by a Crisis Resolution Team (CRT) in the Netherla...

    Authors: Jurgen Cornelis, Ansam Barakat, Jack Dekker, Tessy Schut, Sandra Berk, Hans Nusselder, Nikander Ruhl, Jeroen Zoeteman, Rien Van, Aartjan Beekman and Matthijs Blankers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:55

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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