E-cigarettes vs nicotine patches: are either adequate to support pregnant smokers?

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In her debut blog, Tuba Saygın Avşar summarises a recent RCT, which finds that “E-cigarettes might help women who are pregnant to stop smoking, and their safety for use in pregnancy is similar to that of nicotine patches.”

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Can brief social contact videos reduce transphobia and increase treatment-seeking among adolescents?

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Talen Wright critically reviews a randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of brief social contact video on transphobia and depression-related stigma among adolescents.

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Just one shot at it: single session interventions for adolescent depression

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Maria Loades and Georgia Herring consider a randomised trial of online single-session interventions for adolescent depression during COVID-19.

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Mindfulness in schools: MYRIAD trial findings offer limited support for school based mindfulness training

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Lucinda Powell reports on the findings of the huge MYRIAD (My Resilience in Adolescence) project, which looked at the effectiveness of school based mindfulness training across more than 100 UK schools.

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School based humanistic counselling: a little better than pastoral care, but more expensive

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In her debut blog, Annie Stevenson reports on an RCT finding that school-based humanistic counselling reduces psychological distress, but is not cost-effective.

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Low intensity treatments for self-harm or suicidal behaviour: what’s the harm in trying?

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Millie Witcher and Sarah Rowe appraise a randomised controlled trial on the effect of low-intensity treatments for self-harm among people with suicidal ideation, which has some important findings.

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Changing the game: how virtual reality treatment can help people with psychotic disorders get back into the world

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Imogen Bell summarises the gameChangeVR trial of virtual reality for agoraphobic avoidance and distress in patients with psychosis.

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Let’s group them together! Transdiagnostic group therapy for anxiety and depression

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Melissa Black blogs an RCT which finds that transdiagnostic group therapy is not inferior to diagnosis specific CBT for anxiety and depression.

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CBT for eating disorders: which approach works best for whom?

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Alice Potter reviews a trial of CBT for eating disorders, which finds that motivational work may be important for patients with initially low motivation and resistance to therapy.

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Stratified care versus stepped care for depression: which is more effective?

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Sarah Watts reviews a cluster randomised clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of stratified care compared to stepped care for depression, which has implications for IAPT services.

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