Cost-effectiveness of CBT for depression: uncertainty remains

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Chris Sampson reviews a recent US study which looks at the cost-effectiveness of CBT versus second-generation antidepressants for the initial treatment of major depressive disorder.

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Going beyond the Mental Capacity Act in assessing capacity: recognising and overcoming biases and stereotypes #MentalCapacity2020

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Health and social care professionals routinely assess the mental capacity of people to make decisions about their lives, in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act, 2005. A new briefing note for policy makers and mental health professionals looks at how we can mitigate the risk of assumptions and biases in assessments of mental capacity.

Alex Ruck Keene, an expert in mental capacity and mental health law, summarises the briefing and looks forward to the live streamed #MentalCapacity2020 debate at 12pm on Thursday 26th March.

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What was the most important online mental health research conversation in 2019?

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Twitter threads, podcast chats, live streamed YouTube debates, Facebook rants, Instagram stories, academic bun-fights on blog comments…

There are loads of ways to discuss mental health research online. Today, we want YOUR suggestions for which was the best mental health research conversation last year.

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Media reporting of suicide loss: learning from family and friends who have been bereaved by suicide

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Hannah Scott writes her debut blog on a recent qualitative study which looks at the experiences of people bereaved by suicide regarding media reporting of the death.

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Towards a symptom-based diagnosis of psychotic spectrum disorders?

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Stefanie Sturm critically analyses a recent paper that suggests a symptom-based continuum of psychosis explains cognitive and real-world functional deficits better than traditional diagnoses.

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Music to reduce anxiety and increase comfort among older people in care homes

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Hilary Shepherd appraises and summarises a recent Turkish randomised controlled trial, which explores the effect that music can have on the comfort and anxiety levels of older adults living in a nursing home.

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Cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness: is there a right intervention?

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A group of Masters Students from the University of Glasgow Global Mental Health MSc write about the Primrose trial, which looked at the clinical and cost-effectiveness of an intervention for reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular risk in severe mental illness.

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Risperidone and aripiprazole: genotype, metabolism and dosage

CYP2D6 genotyping before starting treatment might be valuable in clinical practice for individualising risperidone and aripiprazole treatment.

Dolly Sud writes her debut elf blog on a recent retrospective analysis, which compares dose changes of risperidone and aripiprazole with patients’ individual genotype.

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Service user experiences of dissociation

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A team of mental health staff from the University of Edinburgh write a joint blog on a recent qualitative study about the experience of dissociation in people with psychosis.

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Nominate your top 3 Mental Elf blogs published in 2019 #MentalElfAwards

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Today, please take 2 minutes to nominate your top 3 Mental Elf blogs published in 2019.

The #MentalElfAwards honour mental health research, researchers and those who communicate research findings in the real world.

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