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Symptoms and treatment for dementia in the community

The majority of people with dementia who are living in the community have hyperactivity (75%) and mood disorder or apathy (72%), most often manifesting as...Read more

International treatment of OCD variable and not in accordance with guidelines

A review of the management of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has concluded that management guidelines are not fully implemented and clinical practice...Read more

Clozapine reduces mortality in treatment-resistant schizophrenia

Psychiatrists in London have found that clozapine is associated with a 40% reduction in mortality in people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Their...Read more

Potential of cannabinoid for epilepsy confirmed

UK and US researchers have shown that cannabidiol is effective in controlling seizures in a range of animal models with ‘a potential disease‐modifying...Read more

Childhood infections linked to wide range of mental disorders

Infections and the response of the immune system are associated with a wide range of mental disorders in children and adolescents, say Danish...Read more

Featured Articles

Mental health phenotyping in UK Biobank
Between 2006 and 2010, over half a million people from cities across the UK signed up to be a part of a project to ‘improve the health of future generations’. These participants became the subjects of UK Biobank (UKB), which is now a well-characterised cohort that any scientist can study for health-related research, at a fraction of the cost of setting up a specific study. This article investigates the benefits and opportunities provided by this resource.
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Continuity of care in a crisis resolution home treatment team
Staff consistency is recognised nationally as an issue for crisis resolution home treatment (CRHT) teams. Here the authors discuss their evaluation of a CRHT team to establish the number and consistency of staff contacts with service users during a typical CRHT care episode. They propose initiatives to improve the continuity of patient care and highlight a need for further research in this model of care.
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Out-of-area placements in acute mental health care: the outcomes
Out-of-area placements (OAPs) are heavily relied upon by the NHS to meet growing demand but they are expensive, disruptive for patients, and may reduce quality of care and outcomes for patients. Here, the authors compared 50 patients who used acute OAPs with 50 patients admitted to an acute bed locally as regards length of stay, readmission rates, contact with services and levels of self-harm in the following 12 months. The results were substantially worse in key respects for patients who go to OAPs, raising further questions about their quality and the economic impact to the NHS.
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