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Traumatic brain injury increases the long-term risk of dementia #DAW18

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Eleanor Kennedy summarises a Danish observational cohort study, which looks at the long-term risk of dementia among people with traumatic brain injury.

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Women-only drug treatment services: their time has come #DAWF18

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Emma Wincup and Katharine Sacks-Jones explore the findings of a recent qualitative study that asks: Do women with complex alcohol and other drug use histories want women-only residential treatment?

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Chemomechanical caries removal in primary teeth

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This review of the effectiveness of chemomechanical caries removal in primary teeth identified 15 studies with 10 contributing to the quantitative analysis. The findings suggest this approach is less painful but takes longer than traditional approaches.

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Polypharmacy for major depression: is practice evidence-based?

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Jessica Bone reports on a recent cross-sectional study that looks at the clinical correlates of augmentation/combination treatment strategies in major depressive disorder.

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Family therapy for adolescent self-harm: SHIFT trial says it doesn’t reduce hospital visits and isn’t cost-effective

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Udita Iyengar and Dennis Ougrin consider the findings of the SHIFT trial, which explored the effectiveness of systemic family therapy versus treatment as usual for young people after self-harm.

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People with severe mental illness have more adverse outcomes from medical or surgical treatment

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Laoise Renwick considers the findings of a recent systematic review on the safety of service users with severe mental illness receiving inpatient care on medical and surgical wards.

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Tooth fragment reattachment techniques?

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This review of tooth fragment reattachment techniques included only 5 small observational studies involving a total of 246 teeth providing limited evidence for these techniques.

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The long view: what has really changed with recovery?

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Simon Bradstreet explores a recent qualitative study looking at 20 years in the lives of a group of 20 people with psychosis in Ireland. The research provides evidence on the pros and cons of the adoption of recovery-based approaches from people who are uniquely placed to provide a long-term view.

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Staff training to improve patient experiences of mental health inpatient wards

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Danielle Lamb writes her debut elf blog on a recent RCT that investigates how staff training can improve patient experiences of mental health inpatient care.

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