Consultation liaison in primary care for people with mental disorders

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, September 2015

This Cochrane review finds evidence that consultation liaison improves mental health for up to three months; and satisfaction and adherence for up to 12 months in people with mental disorders, particularly those who are depressed.

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Interventions for drug-using offenders with co-occurring mental illness

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June 2015

This is an updated version of an original Cochrane review published in Issue 3 2006 (Perry 2006). The review represents one from a family of four reviews focusing on interventions for drug-using offenders. This specific review considers interventions aimed at reducing drug use or criminal activity, or both for drug-using offenders with co-occurring mental illness.  The review aims to assess the effectiveness of interventions for drug-using offenders with co-occurring mental illness in reducing criminal activity or drug use, or both.

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The knowledge system underpinning healthcare is not fit for purpose and must change

BMJ, 3 June 2015

Information on the effectiveness and safety of healthcare should be valid, precise, up to date, clear, and freely available. Currently none of these criteria are fully satisfied, and Cochrane systematic reviews are not the solution. In this article the authors explain why the knowledge system for healthcare is unfit for purpose and suggest how it should change.

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Psychoeducation (brief) for people with serious mental illness

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, April 2015

This systematic review aims to assess the efficacy of brief psychoeducational interventions as a means of helping severely mentally ill people when added to ‘standard’ care, compared with the efficacy of standard care alone.

As a secondary objective the review aims to investigate whether there is evidence that a particular kind (individual/ family/group) of brief psychoeducational intervention is superior to others.

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Free Cochrane Library online training sessions

Wiley, May 2015

Wiley are offering instructor-led online training sessions on how to use the new-look Cochrane Library on Thursday 7th May at 2.30pm.

All you need is an internet connection and access to a telephone.  This training is completely free of charge and will be conducted over the telephone and via the internet.

A Freephone number for users in the United Kingdom is provided below.

United Kingdom – 0800 358 6385

Please enter the passcode 504 684 6633 when prompted

The session will last approximately 1 hour.  Places are strictly limited.  Click here and select “Register” to sign up.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session.

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