Could a decision support tool help to guide mental health treatment in primary care?

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Linda Gask reviews a recent randomised controlled trial on the clinical efficacy of a Decision Support Tool (Link-me) to “guide the intensity of mental health care in primary practice”.

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Mood changes during art workshops: what can they teach us?

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Lorna Collins reviews a novel study which uses an experience sampling method to track momentary wellbeing over the course of an arts on prescription scheme, to predict changes in global wellbeing for people with anxiety and depression.

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Psychotherapy for depression across different age groups

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David Hallford summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of psychotherapy for depression across the lifespan.

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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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Commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs: do they work?

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John Baker summarises a review of commonly prescribed medication that covers seven psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, methylphenidate and cholinesterase inhibitors.

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Interventions to reduce imaging use in low-back pain

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In this blog, Nicky Butler considers a systematic review that investigated the effectiveness of interventions designed to reduce the use of imaging and, consequently, improve both medical practice and my patients’ outcomes.

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