Is email good for your health?


Epica the Dog and her human friends from the Equator Publication School sniff out a novel study about the effectiveness of email-based exercises in promoting psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyle.

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CBT and motivational interviewing: best bet for cannabis cessation? #CannabisMatters


Mark Monaghan writes his debut Mental Elf blog about a systematic review on psychological and psychosocial interventions for cannabis cessation in adults. Part of our #CannabisMatters series, this review suggests that CBT and Motivational Interviewing may improve outcomes in a self-selected population of cannabis users.

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Psychosocial interventions for cannabis use disorder #CannabisMatters


Ian Hamilton presents the findings of a recent Cochrane review, which finds that despite the large number of cannabis users seeking treatment, we still know relatively little about the best psychosocial interventions for cannabis use disorder.

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Treatment for depression in traumatic brain injury: Cochrane find no evidence for non-pharmacological interventions


Eleanor Kennedy summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review, which finds no evidence to support the use of non-pharmacological interventions for depression in traumatic brain injury.

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Mental health crisis care: clinical and cost effectiveness of models of care

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Caroline Leah publishes her debut blog on crisis care for people with mental health issues, which concludes that better quality evidence is needed to support the overall effectiveness of crisis care interventions.

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Perinatal mental health difficulties: does the internet have the answer?


Jane Iles summarises a recent systematic review of digital interventions for perinatal mental health, which highlights a mixed bag of heterogeneous studies in this field.

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Virtual reality as a treatment for persecutory delusions


Suzanne Dash considers the findings of a promising new small randomised controlled trial, which aims to reduce delusional conviction in people with schizophrenia who experience persecutory delusions.

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Smoking cessation interventions for head and neck cancer patients

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This review of smoking cessation for patients with head and neck cancer included 8 studies ( 3 RCTs) and suggests that those receiving counseling had a 26% higher quit rate than with controls

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Whiplash and neck pain: what’s most cost-effective?


GPs Tom Rowley and Michael Horsfield write their debut MSK Elf blog on a recent systematic review, which investigates the most cost-effective interventions for the management of whiplash-associated and neck pain-associated disorders.

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Does the placebo effect inflate the effectiveness of psychotherapy?


Sarah Knowles reviews a recent meta-analysis about the effects of blinding on the outcomes of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for adult depression.

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