Lisa Burscheidt

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Lisa is Assistant Librarian at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. She's responsible for information skills training in the context of evidence-based practice. She’s interested in making research accessible and understandable for a wider audience. The views expressed in her blogs are her own, not her employer's.

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Turn on, tune in, drop out! Music therapy no better than usual care for young people

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Lisa Burscheidt is rather disappointed by a randomised controlled trial of music therapy for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems.

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Omega-3 fatty acids for depression: Cochrane find insufficient evidence to support use

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Lisa Burscheidt summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review of Omega-3 fatty acids for depression in adults, which finds a lack of evidence to determine the effects of n-3PUFAs as a treatment for major depressive disorder.

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Telemedicine psychotherapy for older veterans with depression

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Lisa Burscheidt appraises an RCT of telemedicine psychotherapy for depression in older veterans, which establishes non-inferiority of telemedicine delivery versus same-room delivery of behavioural activation.

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Combined methylphenidate and citalopram may help older people with depression recover faster

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Lisa Burscheidt summarises a recent randomised controlled trial of combined methylphenidate and citalopram for depression in older people, which presents promising but limited findings.

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Behavioural activation and smartphones for depression

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Lisa Burscheidt summarises a recent RCT of a blended intervention (behavioural activation and smartphones) for depression, which reports promising results for this potentially money-saving treatment.

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Coproduction of quality standards for youth mental health in primary care

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Lisa Burscheidt reports on a mixed methods study that produced user-generated quality standards for youth mental health in primary care.

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Improving mental health literacy in the classroom: new HeadStrong RCT

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Lisa Burscheidt reports on an RCT of the Headspace mental health literacy intervention and the impact it has on the mental health literacy, stigma, help-seeking and mental health of a group of young people in Australia.

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Face-to-face psychotherapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents: Cochrane review calls for better primary research

Lisa Burscheidt summarises a recent Cochrane review of psychotherapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents, which concludes that psychological therapies should be considered as a treatment, but better primary studies are needed to help steer pain management decisions.

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Kinship care may be a viable out-of-home placement option for maltreated children, but more research is needed

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Lisa Burscheidt reports on a recent Cochrane review that looks at the effects of kinship care versus traditional foster care for the safety, permanency and well-being of children removed from the home for maltreatment.

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Moving to better neighbourhoods: bad for boys, good for girls?

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The link between external influences such as family and neighbourhood experiences and young people’s mental health outcomes has been extensively commented on in the literature. While it is more common for studies to focus on the individual or family level, looking at things from a wider perspective is interesting especially from a public mental health [read the full story…]