Mindfulness based therapy: does (home) practice make perfect?


Elena Marcus reports on a systematic review and meta-analysis of participants’ mindfulness practice and its association with outcomes, which found a small but significant association between practice and outcomes.

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Third wave psychotherapies for depression and anxiety in older people


Sarah McDonald is left feeling frustrated by this meta-analysis of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy for depression and anxiety in older people.

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CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders and comorbid mental illness


Alix Dixon presents a recent systematic review on the effectiveness of CBT for autism spectrum disorders and comorbid anxiety or depression.

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Treatment for depression in traumatic brain injury: Cochrane find no evidence for non-pharmacological interventions


Eleanor Kennedy summarises a recent Cochrane systematic review, which finds no evidence to support the use of non-pharmacological interventions for depression in traumatic brain injury.

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Mental health crisis care: clinical and cost effectiveness of models of care

Punctuation marks made of puzzle pieces

Caroline Leah publishes her debut blog on crisis care for people with mental health issues, which concludes that better quality evidence is needed to support the overall effectiveness of crisis care interventions.

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent recurrent depression


Sarah McDonald reports on a meta-analysis published yesterday, which found that when compared with active treatment, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy resulted in a reduced risk of depressive relapse.

This blog also features a podcast interview with the lead author of the research, Professor Willem Kuyken.

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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy cannot substitute maintenance antidepressants for preventing depression relapse


Ioana Cristea takes a closer look at a recent non-inferiority RCT, which compares mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) plus discontinued antidepressants versus MBCT and maintenance antidepressants.

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Cognitive therapies for depression in adults: let’s just stick to the facts


Ioana Cristea reviews the NIHR-DC Highlight on cognitive therapies for depression, published online today, which summarises three NIHR-funded trials (REEACT, CoBalT and PREVENT) looking at cCBT, CBT and MBCT for depression in adults.

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Mindfulness-based interventions in primary care: absent but successful


Ioana Cristea appraises a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of mindfulness in primary care. She finds that the evidence is insufficient to draw any reliable conclusions about the actual effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions in primary care settings.

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All in the mindfulness? Reflections on the Mindful Nation report


André Tomlin considers the recommendations for health service delivery and research from the recent Mindful Nation report.

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