Reducing alcohol consumption in illicit drug users: new Cochrane review on psychotherapies

shutterstock_3084226

Olivia Maynard reports on a recent Cochrane review that investigates talking therapies for reducing alcohol consumption in illicit drug users. The reviewers found no differences in the effectiveness of different psychotherapies (motivational interviewing, brief interventions, CBT) and insufficient evidence to draw any meaningful conclusions.

[read the full story...]

Helping people with depression return to work

shutterstock_213396637

Meg Fluharty reports on a new Cochrane review of interventions to improve return to work in depressed people. The review finds moderate quality evidence for a range of work-directed and clinical interventions that can help people with depression return to work.

[read the full story...]

Psychotherapy for medically unexplained physical symptoms

shutterstock_92175247

Ioana Cristea reviews a recent Cochrane systematic review on non-pharmacological interventions for medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS). The review finds that psychotherapies for MUPS led to reduced symptom severity, but were associated with a higher drop-out rate than usual care.

[read the full story...]

The Internet Therapist: adherence to Internet CBT compared to face to face CBT

shutterstock_149428403

Andrés Fonseca appraises a recent meta-analysis of adherence to Internet CBT and face-to-face cognitive behavioural therapy for depression.

[read the full story...]

CBT for insomnia in psychiatric populations: an effective alternative to hypnotics?

shutterstock_sheep asleep

Amy Green appraises a systematic review of CBT for insomnia (CBTi) in people with comorbid mental illness, which concludes that cognitive behaviour therapy could be an effective alternative to hypnotics. However, concerns about the review methodology cast some doubt on the findings.

[read the full story...]

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a critique by Laws, Langford and Huda

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 17.36.49

Keith Laws, Alex Langford and Samei Huda provide a critique of the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology report published today.

[read the full story...]

Are treatments for borderline personality disorder cost-effective?

Dialectical behaviour therapy was specifically developed to help people with borderline personality disorders

Our resident Elf Economist, Chris Sampson, reports on a new systematic review of economic evaluations for borderline personality disorder. Are any cost-effective?

[read the full story...]

Collaborative care for adolescent depression: new RCT shows promise

shutterstock_125165846

Jennifer Laidlaw writes her debut blog on a recent RCT in JAMA about collaborative care for adolescent depression in primary care. The trial concludes that collaborative care is both feasible and effective in improving outcomes, but Jennifer highlights a number of limitations and questions for future research.

[read the full story...]

CBT versus psychodynamic psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder: long live the dodo or time for a change in research emphasis?

shutterstock_72639100

Andrew Shepherd appraises a study of the long-term outcomes of psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in social anxiety disorder, which finds both therapies are efficacious in treating social anxiety disorder in the short- and long-term.

[read the full story...]

Second National Audit of Schizophrenia highlights lack of progress for service users and carers

shutterstock_164147468

André Tomlin summarises the second National Audit of Schizophrenia, which highlights that many people with schizophrenia are still not getting the high quality psychological and medical treatment they deserve.

[read the full story...]