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Utilisation of antipsychotics

An analysis of medical database records in the UK, Italy, Spain and the United States involving a total of 1.4 million patients with schizophrenic disorder and...Read more

Online intervention for depression in people with epilepsy

Anxiety and depression are highly prevalent among people with epilepsy. Many do not have access to a professional who can offer cognitive therapy, say...Read more

Depression and overweight/obesity

Two studies in people who are overweight or obese have sought to determine the impact of psychological and/or pharmacological interventions on symptoms of...Read more

Long term benefit in myasthenia gravis

Treatment of anti-acetylcholine receptor antibody-positive refractory generalised myasthenia gravis with the anti-complement monoclonal antibody eculizumab is...Read more

Guidance on rescheduling gabapentin and pregabalin

NHS England has published guidance on managing the rescheduling of gabapentin and pregabalin as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs...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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