Exploring drop-out rates: new review shows poor retention in trials of apps for depression

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In his debut blog, Tom Steare summarises a systematic review looking at drop out rates in randomised controlled trials of smartphone apps for depression, which finds that depression apps with mood monitoring and human feedback were associated with greater retention of research participants.

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Dropping out of virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety: comparison with in-vivo exposure therapy

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Aislinn Bergin writes her debut elf blog on a recent meta-analytic examination of attrition in virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety disorders.

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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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Lack of evidence to support an association between occlusal risk factors and non-carious cervical lesions

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Loss of tooth surface in the cervical areas of the tooth unrelated to caries, or non-carious cervical lesions (NCCL) have been reported to occur in prevalences of between 5-85%.  These lesions can be the result of attrition, abrasion or erosion. The potential of occlusal stress to be a factor leading to abfraction has also been [read the full story…]