Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry / Research / Completed research
Effective patient-clinician interaction to improve treatment outcomes for patients with psychosis – "EPOS" In Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), patients and their care coordinators meet regularly but the communication in their meetings is not typically guided by research evidence. How effective is a new technology-supported intervention, DIALOG+, in guiding the communication in these meetings and improving outcomes for patients with schizophrenia?
Financial Incentives for Adherence to Treatment – "FIAT" Depot injections help to control psychotic symptoms and prevent relapses; however many patients disengage from treatment and risk being re-hospitalised. What is the effectiveness and of offering financial incentives to improve adherence to anti-psychotic medication?
Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of dialectical behaviour therapy for self-harming patients with personality disorder – "DIALECT" People with Borderline Personality Disorder often have difficulty with managing their emotions, and frequently go to extreme measures to deal with them, such as cutting themselves, using drugs, and thinking about or attempting suicide. Can a treatment called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy work in the NHS to prevent people with this illness from self-harming?
Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of body psychotherapy in the treatment of negative symptoms of schizophrenia – "NESS" 'Negative' symptoms of schizophrenia include social withdrawal, reduced emotional expression and a lack of initiative, and are more difficult to improve through treatment than 'positive' symptoms. How effective is a treatment called Body Psychotherapy, delivered in a group setting, in treating negative symptoms?
Institutionalised Care for People with Mental Disorders in South America: Indicators and Trends – "INCAS" Since 1990, South American countries have committed themselves to psychiatric reforms, including closures of psychiatric hospitals for long-stay patients and the establishment of community-based care. Although this was intended to improve patients' social inclusion, is it possible that in fact these patients have ended up in different types of institutions, or become imprisoned?
Provision of mental health services across Europe: historical trends and explanations Since the late 1950s, 'deinstitutionalisation' has taken place in Western Europe, whereby large asylums have been abolished or downsized, and services in the community have been established. However, is it possible that 're-institutionalisation' has recently taken place, referring to an increase in forensic psychiatric beds, number of prisoners, and places in residential care and supported housing?
Best Practice in Health Services for Immigrants in Europe – "EUGATE" Meeting the health needs of immigrants has been a major challenge to public health throughout Europe. Considering the views of experts from 16 EU member states, what are the guidelines for best practice of health care for different immigrant groups?
Components, organisation, costs and outcomes of health care and community based interventions for people with posttraumatic stress following war and conflict in the Balkans – "CONNECT" Stressful experiences occurring in war situations may lead to short-term and long-term mental disorders, including posttraumatic stress. What were the mental health outcomes in people who experienced potentially traumatic events during the war in former Yugoslavia in the early 90s?
Treatment Seeking and Treatment Outcomes in People Suffering from Posttraumatic Stress following war and Migration in the Balkans – "STOP" People with ongoing PTSD pose a challenge to health care services in war-affected regions, and there has been some debate regarding the most effective way to treat them. What were the mental health outcomes of individuals who suffered from war-related post-traumatic stress but did not receive treatment and what barriers did they encounter, and what were the outcomes for those who did receive treatment in specialised centres?
PROMO: Good Practice in Mental Health Care for Socially Marginalised Groups In Europe People from socially marginalised groups are more likely than the rest of the population to experience mental health problems; yet, they experience difficulty in accessing appropriate care. What are the barriers to mental health care for individuals from marginalised groups, and how can they be overcome?