Women, addiction and crime: what works? #WomenAndDrugs

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Some of the country’s leading experts on mental health and substance abuse will gather at the University of York tomorrow to “end the silence” surrounding women and addiction. We’ll be taking this #WomenAndDrugs event #BeyondTheRoom and I’m delighted to be publishing two relevant blogs, one today and the other tomorrow.

Here’s the first from regular elf blogger Ian Hamilton, who explores a recent narrative literature review on effective interventions for drug using women offenders.

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Psychotherapies for depression in children and adolescents: all of equal IMPACT?


Jasmin Wertz summarises the recently published IMPACT trial, which found that CBT, short-term psychoanalytical psychotherapy and brief psychosocial interventions (psychoeducation) were all equally effective in treating depression in children and young people.

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Psychosocial interventions for cannabis use disorder #CannabisMatters


Ian Hamilton presents the findings of a recent Cochrane review, which finds that despite the large number of cannabis users seeking treatment, we still know relatively little about the best psychosocial interventions for cannabis use disorder.

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Cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia


Clarissa Giebel summarises a multicentre RCT that assesses the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of individual cognitive stimulation therapy for dementia.

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Psychosocial suicide prevention in youth: is the evidence strong enough?


Rachel Upthegrove appraises a recent systematic review of psychosocial suicide prevention for youth, which leaves her calling for better evidence to support investment in universal school-based interventions.

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Insufficient evidence to refute or support the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for patients with head and neck cancer


Worldwide there are more than 500,000 new cases of head and neck cancer annually, making it the 5th most common cancer.  A diagnosis of head and neck cancer has a significant psychosocial impact and interventions have been developed to help patients cope with the emotional and social impact of the condition. The aim of this [read the full story…]

Some weak evidence for non-invasive psychosocial interventions in the management of chronic orofacial pain

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This Cochrane review  aimed to determine efficacy of psychosocial interventions in the management of chronic orofacial pain.   The authors highlight four recognisable symptom complexes of chronic orofacial pain that may coexist: temporomandibular disorder (myofacial face pain); atypical facial pain (atypical facial neuralgia); atypical odontalgia (phantom tooth pain); and burning mouth (oral dysaesthesia, glossodynia, glossopyrosis). Searches [read the full story…]