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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. Alteration in thyroid activity is a well-known cause of symptoms mimicking psychiatric disorders. There are reports on altered levels of thyroid hormones in patients with certain psychiatric disorders compared...

    Authors: Yuki Sakai, Valentina Iversen and Solveig Klæbo Reitan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:244

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  2. Positive psychology interventions are brief self-adminstered exercises designed to promote positive emotions, behaviours, or thoughts. They are potentially effective for reducing depression and are considered ...

    Authors: Sophie Walsh, Justina Kaselionyte, Stephanie J. C. Taylor and Stefan Priebe

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:240

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  3. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is one of the most controversial treatments in psychiatry. This controversy and diverse and often strongly held opinions can make decision making processes around ECT more complex.

    Authors: Karen Wells, Justin Newton Scanlan, Lisa Gomez, Scott Rutter, Nicola Hancock, Anthony Tuite, Joanna Ho, Sarah Jacek, Andrew Jones, Hassan Mehdi, Megan Still and Graeme Halliday

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:236

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  4. Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in mental health research is increasing, especially in early (pre-funding) stages. PPI is less consistent in later stages, including in analysing qualitative data. The aims...

    Authors: Helen Jennings, Mike Slade, Peter Bates, Emma Munday and Rebecca Toney

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:213

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  5. Although positive psychology interventions (PPIs) show beneficial effects on mental health in non-clinical populations, the current literature is inconclusive regarding its effectiveness in clinical settings. ...

    Authors: Farid Chakhssi, Jannis T. Kraiss, Marion Sommers-Spijkerman and Ernst T. Bohlmeijer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:211

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  6. Evidence suggests an unmet need for provision of psychological interventions in inpatient psychiatric settings. However, inpatient wards can present a challenging environment in which to implement intervention...

    Authors: Molly Sharp, Anu Gulati, Chris Barker and Kirsten Barnicot

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:208

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  7. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common and often chronic problem. Patients with chronic MDD often have negative impacts on the health of their families. Family psychoeducation is recognized as part of the...

    Authors: Fujika Katsuki, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Takahiko Inagaki, Tohru Maeda, Yosuke Kubota, Nao Shiraishi, Hideaki Tabuse, Tadashi Kato, Atsurou Yamada, Norio Watanabe, Tatsuo Akechi and Toshiaki A. Furukawa

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:207

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  8. In the study, the frequency and nature of asylum seekers’ psychiatric diagnoses in a German admission center were examined. Additional aims were to identify changes in those diagnoses over time and to investig...

    Authors: Kneginja Richter, Lukas Peter, Hartmut Lehfeld, Harald Zäske, Salina Brar-Reissinger and Günter Niklewski

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:206

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  9. Community pharmacists are autonomous, regulated health care professionals located in urban and rural communities in Canada. The accessibility, knowledge, and skills of community pharmacists can be leveraged to...

    Authors: Andrea L. Murphy, David M. Gardner and Lisa M. Jacobs

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:192

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  10. There is a shortage of trained mental health workers in spite of the significant contribution of psychiatric disorders to the global disease burden. Task shifting, through the delegation of health care tasks t...

    Authors: Goodman Sibeko, Peter D. Milligan, Marinda Roelofse, Lezel Molefe, Deborah Jonker, Jonathan Ipser, Crick Lund and Dan J. Stein

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:191

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  11. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an emerging and potentially powerful biological treatment for severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but the wider impact of the intervention and the sometimes dramatic red...

    Authors: Peter Bosanac, Bridget Elizabeth Hamilton, James Lucak and David Castle

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:186

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  12. People with psychotic illness suffer from reduced quality of life and often from an insufficient level of social inclusion. These variables are associated with several negative outcomes, such as higher neuro-c...

    Authors: Fausto Mazzi, Flavia Baccari, Francesco Mungai, Manuela Ciambellini, Lisa Brescancin and Fabrizio Starace

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:179

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  13. Inpatient care accounts for the majority of mental health care costs and is not always beneficial. It can indeed have detrimental consequences if not used appropriately, and is unpopular among patients. As a c...

    Authors: Coralie Gandré, Jeanne Gervaix, Julien Thillard, Jean-Marc Macé, Jean-Luc Roelandt and Karine Chevreul

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:174

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  14. Mental health conditions affect aspects of people’s lives that are often not captured in common health-related outcome measures. The OxCAP-MH self-reported, quality of life questionnaire based on Sen’s capabil...

    Authors: Judit Simon, Agata Łaszewska, Eva Leutner, Georg Spiel, David Churchman and Susanne Mayer

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:173

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  15. Coercive measures are containment methods used in psychiatry to curb patients’ disruptive and aggressive behaviours towards themselves, others or objects. The prevalence of the practice of coercive measures in...

    Authors: Branko Bregar, Brigita Skela-Savič and Blanka Kores Plesničar

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:171

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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