Improving outcomes for people with first episode psychosis

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Elwira Lubos summarises a recent review of reviews looking at the evidence for improving outcomes in first-episode psychosis.

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Antipsychotic effectiveness: the numbers don’t lie, check the scoreboard

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Students and Teachers from the King’s College London PNoMH Distance Learning MSc summarise a major new meta-analysis that brings together the last 60 years of placebo-controlled antipsychotic drug trials in acute schizophrenia.

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Community treatment orders and social outcomes in psychosis

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Ian Cummins considers the findings of a recent 48-month follow-up study of social outcomes for patients with psychosis, which concludes that community treatment orders did not offer any long term benefits.

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Can virtual reality CBT help people with psychosis be more sociable?

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André Tomlin appraises a new RCT published today of virtual reality CBT versus waiting list control for paranoid ideation and social avoidance in people with psychosis.

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Befriending interventions: are they effective?

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#UCLJournalClub students appraise a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of befriending interventions for people with a variety of health conditions including mental illness.

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My watch knows when I’m anhedonic: wearable technology and social functioning in older adults with depression

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Dave Steele explores a recent literature review about the impact and measurement of social dysfunction in late life depression, which focuses on how wearable technology can be used to measure and support social functioning in older adults.

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Group body psychotherapy for negative symptoms of schizophrenia

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Raphael Underwood reports on the findings of a recent RCT of group body psychotherapy for negative symptoms of schizophrenia, which finds that body psychotherapy did not have a clinically beneficial effect on reducing emotional withdrawal or improving social functioning.

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Does integrated care work for substance use and schizophrenia?

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Ian Hamilton reviews a recent long-term US study of integrated care for people with a dual diagnosis of substance use and schizophrenia, which concludes that recovery is possible, but it takes time.

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How can we help people with learning disabilities engage more in meaningful activities?

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Nick Burton reviews a US study of people with learning disabilities living in community group homes, who help show how well they engage in meaningful social and non-social activities.

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Compulsory community treatment results in no significant difference in service use, social functioning or quality of life

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Rebecca Syed appraises and summarises an updated Cochrane review of compulsory community treatment and involuntary outpatient treatment for people with severe mental disorders. The review finds just 3 trials, which show that CCT results in no significant difference in service use, social functioning or quality of life.

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