Evidenced-Based Mental Health Care
By Dr. Simon Hatcher, Professor Mark Oakley-Browne and Dr. Robert Butler
176 pp., 17 ills., Copyright 2005
An introduction to evidence-based mental health care for all mental health professionals - psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and clinical psychologists.
An introduction to evidence-based mental health care for all professionals working in that field - very few other books are multi-disciplinary in this way.
Lays stress on critical appraisal of rating scales and clinical decision rules, which are important in mental health but not dealt with well in existing EBM books.
Self-testing exercises and answers reinforce learning.
Useful for postgraduate exams but does not focus entirely on that market.
Table of Contents
Introduction - why evidence-based mental health care
Formulating answerable questions
Searching the mental health literature
What is the best treatment?
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
Putting evidence to use - clinical practice guidelines
What is the cause?
What is going to happen to me?
Prognostic studies in mental health
Critical appraisal of psychiatric rating scales, diagnostic tests and clinical decision rules
Critical appraisal of qualitative research
What to do if there is no evidence
Putting it all together - practicing evidence -based mental health care
Appendix A: Antidepressants for depression in medical illness (Cochrane Review)
Appendix B: Example of a Medline record
Appendix C: Steps in conducting a systematic review