Increasing smoking cessation implementation in dental primary care


In addition to its well-known harmful effects on the lungs and heart Smoking tobacco has serious adverse effects on oral health. Dental health professionals have an excellent opportunity to help reduce smoking and tobacco use.  The aim of this study was to evaluate two interventions intended to increase the implementation of tobacco use prevention and [read the full story…]

For patients with temporomandibular disorders stablisation splint did not provide additional pain relief over counselling and muscle exercises alone in short term


The 2003 Cochrane review by Al-Ani et al found no evidence for or against the use of stablisation splints for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). While a subsequent review by Fricton et al in 2010 found modest evidence for effectiveness of hard stabilization splints.  The implications from both reviews are that more robust randomised [read the full story…]

The evidence remains weak for the long-term effectiveness of counselling in primary care


General practices in the UK sometimes offer counselling to people with mental health or psychosocial problems. This is an alternative to standard GP care or the conventional treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy or antidepressants. However, recent guidelines have not been able to recommend the use of counselling because the evidence-base remains weak in comparison [read the full story…]

More mental health support needed for students in higher education

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists has today published a new report into the mental health of students in higher education. The report calls for more investment in mental health support for university students, amid concerns that some students with mental health problems may be missing out on the help they need. The College published its [read the full story…]

Brief psychological therapies are effective for treating depression and anxiety in primary care


Psychological therapies given to people with depression, anxiety or mixed disorders in primary care are usually delivered over a shorter time period than in secondary care. In the UK, 6 sessions is a common treatment length, which contrasts to the 12-24 sessions that have been the subject of most trials of psychological therapies in secondary care [read the full story…]