Sarah McDonald

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Sarah works as a Research Fellow at the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families at Nottingham Trent University (www.ntu.ac.uk/NCCYPF) and as a Clinical Psychologist. Her work bridges the divide between academic activity and service provision and cuts across all the social sciences, but she has a particular interest in mental health, mindfulness and eating disorders.

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Mindfulness for young people: to meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse?

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Sarah McDonald and André Tomlin consider another meta-analysis of mindfulness in young people, which finds “small effect sizes on a range of outcomes”. They conclude that we badly need more RCTs that reliably evaluate the effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness of mindfulness in young people.

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Prevention of eating disorders: where do we start?

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Sarah McDonald is impressed by this new systematic review of universal, selective and indicated prevention for eating disorders.

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Help-seeking for eating disorders: barriers and facilitators

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Sarah McDonald considers a systematic review that explores the perceived barriers and facilitators towards help-seeking for eating disorders.

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Third wave psychotherapies for depression and anxiety in older people

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Sarah McDonald is left feeling frustrated by this meta-analysis of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy for depression and anxiety in older people.

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By place or by case? Service reorganisation at South London and Maudsley

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Sarah McDonald explores the findings of a mixed-methods evaluation of the effects of an organisational intervention on secondary mental health care for common mental disorder.

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent recurrent depression

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Sarah McDonald reports on a meta-analysis published yesterday, which found that when compared with active treatment, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy resulted in a reduced risk of depressive relapse.

This blog also features a podcast interview with the lead author of the research, Professor Willem Kuyken.

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Long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression

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Sarah McDonald presents the results of the Tavistock Adult Depression Study; a pragmatic RCT of long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for treatment-resistant depression.

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Recommendations for managing patient engagement

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Sarah McDonald reflects on the Rules of Engagement: Lessons from PANORAMA report produced by the Change Foundation, which makes recommendations for managing patient engagement and will be useful to anyone planning a PPI project.

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CBT plus medication for treatment-resistant depression: the CoBalT RCT long-term follow-up

In February 2016 we blogged CoBalT and concluded that CBT plus usual care (including antidepressants) is clinically and cost effective in the long-term for people whose depression has not responded to medication.

Sarah McDonald considers the findings of the CoBalT RCT long-term follow-up, which finds that CBT plus antidepressants are clinically and cost effective for treatment-resistant depression in primary care.

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