Cochrane evidence on managing depression, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders

Two more mental health reviews published in Issue 10 in The Cochrane Library are the subject of excellent blogs from The Mental Elf. These new reviews, from the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group and the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, look at the evidence on duloxetine compared with other drugs for depression, and on information and communication technology in patient education and support for people with schizophrenia. A third blog neatly summarises a new review from the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group on the effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders, an approach which is widely used with the aim of improving functional behaviours and skills in these children. They’re well worth reading and you can find them from the links below.

Links:

The Mental Elf blogs:

Weak evidence comparing duloxetine to other antidepressants, says new Cochrane review. http://www.thementalelf.net/mental-health-conditions/depression/weak-evidence-comparing-duloxetine-to-other-antidepressants-says-new-cochrane-review/

No clear benefit for using ICT as psychoeducation and support for schizophrenia according to new Cochrane review. http://www.thementalelf.net/publication-types/systematic-review/no-clear-benefit-for-using-ict-as-psychoeducation-and-support-for-schizophrenia-according-to-new-cochrane-review/

Cochrane review finds weak evidence for early intensive behavioural intervention for autism spectrum disorders. http://www.thementalelf.net/populations-and-settings/child-and-adolescent/cochrane-review-finds-weak-evidence-for-early-intensive-behavioural-intervention-for-autism-spectrum-disorders/

The Cochrane reviews:

Cipriani A, Koesters M, Furukawa TA, Nosè M, Purgato M, Omori IM, Trespidi C, Barbui C. Duloxetine versus other anti-depressive agents for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD006533. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006533.pub2.

Välimäki M, Hätönen H, Lahti M, Kuosmanen L, Adams CE. Information and communication technology in patient education and support for people with schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD007198. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007198.pub2.

Reichow B, Barton EE, Boyd BA, Hume K. Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD009260. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009260.pub2.

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Sarah's work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on disseminating Cochrane evidence through social media, including Evidently Cochrane blogs, blogshots and the ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients. A former registered general nurse, Sarah has a particular interest making evidence accessible and useful to practitioners and to others making decisions about health. Before joining Cochrane, Sarah also worked on systematic reviews for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, and obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).

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