Mindfulness for young people: to meta-analyse or not to meta-analyse?

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Sarah McDonald and André Tomlin consider another meta-analysis of mindfulness in young people, which finds “small effect sizes on a range of outcomes”. They conclude that we badly need more RCTs that reliably evaluate the effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness of mindfulness in young people.

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Digital interventions for stress: do they live up to their alleged potential?

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Josefien Breedvelt is encouraged by the findings of a recent systematic review of Internet-based and computer-based interventions for stress, which provides a positive case for offering stress management on a large scale.

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Prevention of eating disorders: where do we start?

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Sarah McDonald is impressed by this new systematic review of universal, selective and indicated prevention for eating disorders.

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Psychosocial interventions for negative symptoms in psychosis

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Rachel Upthegrove reviews a new systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological and psychosocial interventions for negative symptoms in psychosis.

This is the third in a new series of Mental Elf blogs produced in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Battle of the meta-analyses: is CBT becoming less effective over time?

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Suzanne Dash explores a recent meta-analysis that looks again at RCTs of cognitive behavioural therapy for depression, to ascertain whether or not the effects of CBT are systematically falling over time.

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The stigma of eating disorders: which interventions might help?

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Francesca Solmi summarises a new systematic review of stigma and eating disorders, and asks if it’s time to move beyond socio-cultural explanations of risk.

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CBT may help reduce anxiety and depression in people with diabetes, but standardised approach needed

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Ben Perry explores the findings of a recent systematic review looking at the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural therapy on glycaemic control and psychological outcomes in adults with diabetes.

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Psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder: DBT and psychodynamic approaches do best

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Andrew Shepherd summarises a recent meta-analysis on the efficacy of psychotherapies for borderline personality disorder, which finds that dialectical behaviour therapy and psychodynamic approaches were effective versus control, but CBT and other talking treatments were not.

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Life expectancy in schizophrenia and years of potential life lost

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Joanne Wallace summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis that reinforces the urgent call for better interventions to address the causes of premature death in schizophrenia.

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Personality disorders and alcohol treatment: is there any hope?

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Ian Hamilton and Kelly Davies provide some optimism after reading a new systematic review about personality disorders and alcohol treatment outcomes.

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