Digital inclusion: mental health technologies for people with learning disabilities #DigiMHweek


Leen Vereenooghe summarises a recent review paper that presents the state of the evidence and future directions for digital mental health and people with intellectual disabilities.

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Family therapy for anorexia: can it create closeness and containment in parent-adolescent relationships?


Sarah McDonald blogs about a recent study that explores the effect of family-based treatment for anorexia on familial relationships.

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Parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse


Natasha Clarke considers a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies, which looks at modifiable parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse.

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Can digital communication improve relationships between young people and clinicians?


Victoria Betton reports on the LYNC study; mixed methods research into timely digital patient-clinician communication in specialist clinical services for young people.

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CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders and comorbid mental illness


Alix Dixon presents a recent systematic review on the effectiveness of CBT for autism spectrum disorders and comorbid anxiety or depression.

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It’s good to talk: training psychiatrists to improve communication with patients


John Baker evaluates the recent TEMPO cluster RCT, which explores training to enhance psychiatrist communication with patients who live with psychosis.

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Pivotal response treatment is promising for children with autism


Rosalyn Nelson presents the findings of a small RCT of Pivotal Response Treatment groups for parents of children with autism, which has promising results in terms of encouraging children to communicate.

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Skills development and knowledge transfer are benefits of working with external providers, reports study

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This is a summary of a report called Knowledge exchange in health-care commissioning, published by the National Institute for Health Research.

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Understanding and responding to pain in people with learning disabilities


How do staff and family carers recognise when somebody they support is in pain and what emotional impact does this have on them?

Here, Nick Burton looks at a small scale qualitative study, which set out to explore this issue for some paid carers and family carers.

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