Mental health inequalities in detection of breast cancer

British Journal of Psychiatry, December 2014

Women with a mental illness (including depression, anxiety and serious mental illnesses) are less likely to be screened for breast cancer, according to new research published in the BJPsych.  UK-based researchers from the Universities of Leicester and Greenwich reviewed 24 publications reporting breast cancer screening practices in women with mental illness (around 700,000), and five studies investigating screening for those in distress but who had not been diagnosed with a mental illness (nearly 21,500). Researchers found that there were significantly reduced rates of mammography screening in women with mental illness, depression and severe mental illness such as schizophrenia. The effect was not present in women with distress alone, suggesting distress was not the explanation. 

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Compulsory community and involuntary outpatient treatment for people with severe mental disorders

The Cochrane Library, 4 December 2014

This Cochrane Review finds that compulsory community treatment (CCT) results in no significant difference in service use, social functioning or quality of life compared with standard voluntary care. People receiving CCT were, however, less likely to be victims of violent or non-violent crime. It is unclear whether this benefit is due to the intensity of treatment or its compulsory nature.

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Exercise can help people to recover from PTSD, report says

Mental Health Today, 9 December 2014

Structured exercise including resistance training and walking helps people to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other mental health conditions, an Australian study has revealed…

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessments 2014 How well do they address the needs of people with learning disabilities?

Public Health England, November 2014

This report which looks at how well Joint Strategic Needs Assessments address the needs of people with learning disabilities.  The report finds that in many areas of England JSNAs are failing to take due account of the health needs of people with learning disabilities, especially children with learning disabilities.

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Winterbourne View – Time for Change: Transforming the commissioning of services for people with learning disabilities and/or autism

ACEVO, November 2014

This review – also known as the Bubb Report makes recommendations on a new commissioning framework for services to people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are currently in inappropriate hospital placements. The report recommends the creation of a Charter of Rights for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families to underpin commissioning. The Charter should include the right for people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families to challenge’ decisions to admit or continue keeping them in inpatient care.

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Formal launch of MyNHS

Department of Health, November 2014

The Department of Health have formally launched MyNHS. This is a new site on NHS Choices where people can compare the performance of their local NHS hospital, their care services and their local authority with up-to-date information.

Data has been added to MyNHS since September and allows the NHS and patients to better see and measure progress in health outcomes and will become an increasingly powerful resource for patients, doctors and local NHS commissioners of these services.

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Text messaging service ‘helps people take their pills’

BBC News, 6 December 2014

A text messaging service could help people remember to take the medicines they have been prescribed, say researchers.

A test scheme, which involved heart patients, cut the numbers who forgot or just stopped taking their pills…

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