Music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards

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Una Foye highlights a small qualitative study that explores the benefits of establishing music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards. She reflects on the boredom felt by many inpatients and the importance of social connection and a positive ward atmosphere that may indirectly improve recovery and mental well-being.

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Autism and psychiatrists: experience, knowledge and attitudes revealed in new survey

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Eloise Stark looks at a recent online survey which seeks to understand psychiatrists’ knowledge, attitudes and experiences in identifying and supporting their patients on the autism spectrum.

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Older people’s decisions about extra-care housing

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Kate Baxter discusses a paper by Hillcoat-Nallétamby about the limitations of rational choice theory as an approach to understanding choice-making processes among older people around the decision to move into extra-care housing schemes.

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Mental health and suicide risk in LGBTQ students: What are the associated factors?

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Sarah Carr writes an important blog for #PrideMonth that looks at general and LGBTQ-specific factors associated with mental health and suicide risk among LGBTQ students.

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Bipolar disorder and distress: systematic review of first-person accounts

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A group of UCL Mental Health Masters Students summarise a meta-synthesis of qualitative research, which looks at what people diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience as distressing.

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Digital self-management of schizophrenia: the MindFrame app

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Muna Dubad explores a Danish qualitative analysis of young adults’ perspectives of a smartphone app (MindFrame), which is designed for people recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, to empower them to self-manage their condition.

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The role of ICT in Ageing in Place: a family matter

The assumed role of ICT in Ageing in Place policies is to help older people communicate their needs quickly and easily with their care network, and at the same time, to assist governments in providing efficient and inexpensive care to vulnerable adults living at home

Jacqueline Damant considers a qualitative study looking at the experiences of older people and their support networks in using ICT to support Ageing in Place.

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Coercion and power in psychiatry #MHQT

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Ian Cummins explores a Belgian qualitative study looking at the experiences of people who have been subject to compulsory mental health legislation and admitted to hospital against their will.

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Subjective experiences trump hard evidence: older people’s choice of residential care

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Kate Baxter reviews a study by Trigg et al. (2018) which explores and compares the type and quantity of information that makes people feel comfortable when choosing a residential care home in the UK, Netherlands and Spain.

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Direct funding and older people: why are we still talking about choice?

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Francesca Pozzoli considers a qualitative metasynthesis of directly funded home-care programmes for older people and the concept of ‘choice’.

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