Sarah McDonald

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Sarah is a Clinical Psychologist currently working on research evaluating the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund project in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. She considers herself a stern 'test critic' for research on two fronts: one, that she is always alert to flaws, limitations and blind spots in research, and two, that she is a stickler for research having real-world applications or genuine external validity.

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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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CBT for insomnia in people with active psychotic symptoms

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Sarah McDonald appraises the Better Sleep Trial (BEST), a pilot RCT which shows that CBT may be a promising treatment for insomnia in people with active psychotic symptoms.

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Reducing the bureaucracy in general practice must be a national priority, says NHS Alliance

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Sarah McDonald reviews a new NHS Alliance report, which provides a snapshot of GP and Practice Manager views on the day-to-day work demands that exist outside of general practice consultations.

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