Common mental health problems and psychotic experiences in IAPT

Psychodynamic therapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis.

Mark Smith reviews a recent service evaluation looking at common mental health conditions and psychotic experiences occurring at the same time in IAPT services.

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Behavioural activation not inferior to CBT for depression: the COBRA RCT


Ioana Cristea appraises the recently published COBRA randomised controlled trial, which concludes that behavioural activation is non-inferior to cognitive behavioural therapy for depression, and may offer significant cost savings.

This blog also features a podcast interview with the lead author: Professor David Richards from Exeter University.

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IAPT: does improved access lead to increased complexity?


Mark Smith presents the early findings of the PROMPT naturalistic cohort study, which looks at the clinical characteristics of patients assessed within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

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Psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities: the views and experiences of IAPT practitioners

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Reed Cappleman critiques a recent study of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Treatments) practitioners’ experiences of providing therapy to people with intellectual disabilities.

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Personality disorders, IAPT treatment and recovery from depression and anxiety


Mark Smith reviews a recent prospective cohort study, which considers the impact of comorbid personality problems on response to IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) treatment for depression and anxiety.

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Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration


Kirsten Lawson explores the benefits of working across professional and therapeutic boundaries, highlighted beautifully by the recent COINCIDE RCT of collaborative care for patients with depression comorbid with diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

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Psychotherapy for UK military veterans: demographics and clinical outcomes


Mark Smith reports on a study of psychotherapy for UK military veterans, using an IAPT service, which focuses on the demographic characteristics and clinical outcomes of early service leavers and veterans.

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LSE report highlights ‘massive inequality’ in the way the NHS treats mental illness compared to physical illness


Mental illness accounts for nearly half of all ill health in people under 65, but only a quarter of people are given the treatment they need, according to a new report published today by the London School of Economics. The report has been written by a distinguished group of mental health and health policy professionals from [read the full story…]

First key performance indicators published for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme

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The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme aims to provide evidence-based psychological therapies for people with depression and anxiety disorders. The NHS Information Centre have published the first set of key performance indicators for the programme, which aim to provide the Department of Health, IAPT services, commissioners and members of the public with information on [read the full story…]

More choice promised for NHS patients who need talking therapies

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NHS patients will have more freedom to choose where they go for their healthcare from April 2012, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today. More choice will mean that when patients are referred for selected services, usually by their GP, they should be able to choose from a range of qualified providers who meet NHS quality, [read the full story…]