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.

Click here to access the full text paper and additional information.

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.

For further free training resources for the Cochrane Library go to:  wileyonlinelibrary.com/training

Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE) for the diagnosis of dementia within a secondary care setting

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, March 2015

This Cochrane Review seeks to determine the diagnostic accuracy of the Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE) which is a questionnaire instrument designed to assess change in functional performance secondary to cognitive change and is used to detect dementia in adults presenting to secondary care services.

Click here to download the full text study.

 

Case management approaches to home support for people with dementia

Cochrane Review, January 2015

This Cocrane Review aims to evaluate the effectiveness of case management approaches to home support for people with dementia, from the perspective of the different people involved (patients, carers, and staff) compared with other forms of treatment, including ‘treatment as usual’, standard community treatment and other non-case management interventions.

The review concludes that there is some evidence that case management is beneficial at improving some outcomes at certain time points, both in the person with dementia and in their carer. However, there was considerable heterogeneity between the interventions, outcomes measured and time points across the 13 included RCTs. There was some evidence from good-quality studies to suggest that admissions to care homes and overall healthcare costs are reduced in the medium term; however, the results at longer points of follow-up were uncertain. There was not enough evidence to clearly assess whether case management could delay institutionalisation in care homes. There were uncertain results in patient depression, functional abilities and cognition. Further work should be undertaken to investigate what components of case management are associated with improvement in outcomes. Increased consistency in measures of outcome would support future meta-analysis.

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Workplace interventions for reducing sitting at work

The Cochrane Library, 26 January 2015

The number of people working whilst seated at a desk keeps increasing worldwide. As sitting increases, occupational physical strain declines at the same time. This has contributed to increases in cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Therefore, reducing and breaking up the time that people spend sitting while at work is important for health.

The objectives of this Cochrane Review are to evaluate the effects of workplace interventions to reduce sitting at work compared to no intervention or alternative interventions.

The study concludes that at present there is very low quality evidence that sit-stand desks can reduce sitting time at work, but the effects of policy changes and information and counselling are inconsistent. There is a need for high quality cluster-randomised trials to assess the effects of different types of interventions on objectively measured sitting time. There are many ongoing trials that might change these conclusions in the near future.

Click here to read the full paper.

Free online training sessions for the Cochrane Library

January 2015

Wiley, publisher of The Cochrane Library Online, are offering instructor-led online training sessions on how to use The Cochrane Library.

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 at your desktop.

The sessions last approximately 1 hour.  Places are strictly limited.  To sign up just click on one of the links below and select “Register”.

Two sessions are scheduled for January:

Thursday, 15th January 2015, 14:30 GMT Time (London, GMT)

 Go to https://wiley-onlinelibrary.webex.com/wiley-onlinelibrary/k2/j.php?MTID=t80181653ccacb3009196715c55ec2883 and register.

Thursday, 22nd January 2015, 12:00 GMT Time (London, GMT)

Go to https://wiley-onlinelibrary.webex.com/wiley-onlinelibrary/k2/j.php?MTID=te7dea7e6df985bd8f3ccd22c1a7b7e27 and register.

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

Visit the Wiley training website at: http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/training   

If you have any queries, please send an email to Gavin Stewart at gstewart@wiley.com