Psychotic disorders among migrants and minority ethnic groups in Europe: a rising and concerning incidence

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Aggelos Stamos reviews findings from the multi-national EU-GEI study on the incidence of psychotic disorders among migrants and minority ethnic groups in Europe.

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Not all wealth is health: how does parental wealth affect children’s cognitive ability, mental and physical health?

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Vishal Bhavsar reviews a cohort study which finds that greater parental housing wealth was associated with fewer emotional and behavioural problems in children.

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Determinants of mental health: a briefing from the Commission for Equality in Mental Health

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Noortje Uphoff summarises a briefing from the Commission for Equality in Mental Health, which outlines how people from disadvantaged groups are more likely to be exposed to the factors that have a negative impact on our mental health.

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Referrals to mental health services: understanding ethnic differences

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A group of UCL Masters Students summarise a recent paper on ethnic differences in referral routes to child and adolescent mental health services.

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Racial disparities in bipolar disorder diagnosis and treatment: time to talk about racism

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Syeda Akther writes her debut elf blog on a recent review looking at racial disparities in bipolar disorder treatment and research. She argues that we need to start having serious conversations about racism that go beyond unconscious bias.

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Is the incidence of schizophrenia in South-East London really 10 times higher than in Santiago, Spain?

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Vishal Bhavsar reviews an EU study of nearly 3,000 people across 6 EU countries, looking at the treated incidence of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. It helps us better understand who gets psychosis, when, and where.

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Cultural competence education for health professionals: does learning about culture make any difference to patients?

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John Baker summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review of cultural competence education for health professionals, which tentatively concludes that low quality evidence supports this approach.

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Family-based CBT for early childhood OCD: efficient for white, non-minority, upper middle-class children

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Ioana Cristea reviews a recent RCT of family-based CBT for early childhood OCD and concludes that the results are impressive, but may not be applicable to poorer children from ethnic minorities.

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Empowering mental health service users to become more involved in decisions about their care: the DECIDE RCT

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Laurence Palfreyman highlights an RCT of the DECIDE intervention, which aims to build awareness of the service user’s role in decisions about their care including how they can become more involved and seek information from independent sources.

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Joint crisis plans: cost-effective for whom?

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Chris Sampson looks at the economic outcomes of a recent RCT of joint crisis plans to reduce compulsory treatment for people with psychosis. The study reports the potential for gains specifically among Black patients.

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