A human rights approach to integrating HIV and substance misuse services

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Andie Ashdown and Theophanis Kyriacou summarise a recent paper on integrating HIV and substance misuse services, which draws on a person-centred approach that is grounded in human rights.

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On the dangers of protocolising telephone psychotherapy

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In his debut blog, Richard Byng summarises a study which finds that protocolising psychological therapy could be detrimental for telemental health.

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Bored on the ward: service user experiences of activities on acute mental health inpatient wards

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Clair Le Boutillier looks at a recent qualitative review which asks what service users think of activities available on acute mental health inpatient wards.

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The importance of adopting a person-centred approach in psychiatry

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Emmeline Lagunes summarises a recent paper from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which outlines the importance of person-centred care in contemporary medicine and psychiatry.

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Experience of psychotropic medication and decision-making

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Jennifer Rose Oulton reviews a qualitative study that explores the experiences of psychotropic medication use and decision-making for adults with learning disabilities and their carers.

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Recovery narratives by young people with mental health difficulties

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Lorna Collins reviews a qualitative study on how young people with mental health difficulties perceive and define recovery and their personal journey.

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End of life dementia care: helping people live well and die well

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A group of UCL Mental Health MSc students summarise a recent clinical review of the challenges we face in providing end of life dementia care.

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How far is evidence-informed policy-making achievable?

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On the day that the new Mental Health Act Review report is published, Sonia Johnson and Bryn Lloyd-Evans reflect on the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit contribution to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

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Reablement in a care home context: a feasibility study

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Bruce McClure’s blog looks at a feasibility study of ‘LifeFul’, a reablement programme in the care home context.

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Person-centred care: challenges and changes to the training of psychiatrists

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“A significant number of people receiving psychiatric care are not treated with the utmost dignity within our services that a true ‘person-centred’ approach would ensure.”

Linda Gask summarises a new report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists on person-centred care and its implications for training in psychiatry.

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