Trauma and psychotic symptoms: clear association, but do we really understand why?


#UCLJournalClub students worked collaboratively on this blog, which appraises and summarises a recent cross sectional study looking at the psychological mechanisms that mediate effects between trauma and psychotic symptoms.

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iCBT may be an effective treatment for PTSD


André Tomlin explores a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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IAPT: does improved access lead to increased complexity?


Mark Smith presents the early findings of the PROMPT naturalistic cohort study, which looks at the clinical characteristics of patients assessed within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

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Childhood adversity and psychotic symptoms: how much can a growing evidence-base tell us?


Stephen Wood ponders the reliability of a recent systematic review and meta-analysis, which suggests that childhood adversity is significantly linked to an elevated risk of psychotic symptom persistence.

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Art therapy for common mental health disorders


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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Maxillofacial trauma: assaults and falls the main causes in Europe


This prospective year long multi-centre study involving 11European counties provides an interesting overview of the current demographics, causes and characteristics of maxillofacial fractures in these centers.

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King’s Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration

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This new report from the King’s Fund summarises available evidence from major reconfiguration programmes. A timely publication given the emphasis on the need for transformation in current policy.

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and reprocessing impacts on symptoms of PTSD in adult with learning disabilities


Background Some time ago, we posted about a case study with two individuals with learning disabilities, where the researchers used eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) to achieve a decrease in posttraumatic stress disorder -like symptoms Eye movement desensitisation is an approach that developed out of work in the late 80s, based on observations that [read the full story…]

Personal narratives may help people with learning disabilities who are victims of sexual abuse to overcome trauma


Previous studies have suggested that the use of personal narratives can be useful for victims of sexual abuse in the process of enabling them to overcome their trauma. The authors of this small study in the Netherlands start with the view that it is possible for counsellors to help victims with learning disabilities to co-construct [read the full story…]

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing helps with PTSD symptoms in two people with learning disabilities

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The authors of this study set out to look at whether trauma treatment had been successfully used with people with learning disabilities and substantially limited verbal capacities. They found no case studies in the literature. The article describes and assesses the applicability of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) a trauma therapy based on the [read the full story…]