Dual diagnosis guidance: money talks when it comes to drugs, alcohol and mental illness

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Ian Hamilton shares his thoughts on the new PHE dual diagnosis guidance: Better care for people with co-occurring mental health and alcohol/drug use conditions.

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Power to the people: practitioners, patients and power

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Rob Allison explores a recent qualitative study of dependence and resistance in community mental health care, which looks at negotiations of user participation between mental health staff and service users.

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Shared treatment decision-making: does it help people with psychosis?

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Matthew Broome on a systematic review and meta-analysis of shared treatment decision-making and empowerment-related outcomes in psychosis.

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Risk, relationships and moral work

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Diana Rose publishes her debut Mental Elf blog on a new qualitative study, which explores how contrasting and competing priorities work in mental health risk assessment and care planning.

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Empowering, personalised and recovery-focused care planning and co-ordination: When will we ever learn?

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Sarah Carr summarises the COCAPP mixed-methods study, which concludes that positive therapeutic relationships appear to be the most important factor in helping care planning and care coordination to be personalised and recovery-focused.

This blog also features an in-depth podcast interview with Professor Alan Simpson who led the COCAPP study, talking with Sarah Carr and André Tomlin about the research and it’s implications for mental health services.

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Art therapy for common mental health disorders

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Chris Sampson reports on a new HTA systematic review and economic evaluation of art therapy for non-psychotic mental health disorders like depression, anxiety and phobias.

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