Music Therapy for Depression

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, November 2017

This Cochrane Review finds that music therapy plus treatment as usual is more effective than treatment as usual alone. Music therapy seems to reduce depressive symptoms and anxiety and helps to improve functioning (e.g. maintaining involvement in job, activities, and relationships).

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Zuclopenthixol dihydrochloride for schizophrenia

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, November 2017

This Cochrane Review finds evidence available suggest that zuclopenthixol dihydrochloride is not any worse than other antipsychotics in treating the symptoms of schizophrenia, however more trials providing good-quality data are needed before firm conclusions can be made.

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Early discharge hospital at home

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June 2017

This update of a Cochrane Review aims to determine the effectiveness and cost of managing patients with early discharge hospital at home compared with inpatient hospital care.  The authors conclude that despite increasing interest in the potential of early discharge hospital at home services as a less expensive alternative to inpatient care, this review provides insufficient evidence of economic benefit (through a reduction in hospital length of stay) or improved health outcomes.

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Interprofessional collaboration to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, June 2017

This systematic review aims to assess the impact of practice-based interventions designed to improve interprofessional collaboration (IPC) amongst health and social care professionals, compared to usual care or to an alternative intervention, on at least one of the following primary outcomes: patient health outcomes, clinical process or efficiency outcomes or secondary outcomes (collaborative behaviour).

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Prescribing roles for health professionals other than doctors

Cochrane Group, November 2016

The aim of this Cochrane review was to find out if prescribing by health professionals other than doctors delivers comparable outcomes to prescribing by doctors.  Cochrane researchers collected and analysed all relevant studies from various countries.

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Occupational therapy delivered by specialists versus non-specialists for people with schizophrenia

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, October 2016

This review protocol was co-written by Graeme Reid, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The objectives are to examine the effects of occupational therapy delivered by occupational therapists compared to occupational therapy delivered by any other person for people with schizophrenia. Our secondary objectives are to determine whether the response differs by specific type (e.g. hospital versus non-hosptial setting), intensity (e.g. more therapist contact time or more frequent task repetition), or duration of occupational therapy.

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