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OBJECTIVES Although anxiety disorders often co-occur with bipolar disorder in clinical settings, relatively few studies of bipolar disorder have looked specifically at panic comorbidity. This report examines lifetime panic comorbidity within a sample of families with a history of bipolar disorder. METHODS One hundred and nine probands with bipolar(More)
This study examined the evidence from controlled studies for the effectiveness of consumer-led mental health services. Following an extensive search of material published in English from 1980, predefined inclusion criteria were systematically applied to research articles that compared a consumer-led mental health service to a traditional mental health(More)
The variable expression of autism over the lifespan is likely to lead to different symptoms and support requirements, and to distinct responses to pharmacotherapy treatment, in older patients compared to children. This systematic review considers the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment in managing autism spectrum disorder in adolescents and adults.(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluated the delivery of a series of workshops on mental health recovery. The aims were to determine if the workshops changed participants' attitudes and knowledge about recovery, if there were any differences in views between consumers and health professionals of mental health services, and how the delivery and content of the program(More)
A national suicide prevention strategy for New Zealand was developed in 2006. There is relatively little strong evidence for the efficacy of many existing suicide prevention initiatives, and this area has frequently been captured by strong claims about the effectiveness of programmes that have not been adequately evaluated. This paper provides a conceptual(More)
The current study was performed to document observed rates of affective disorders in the first degree relatives of probands with bipolar I or II disorder; to determine whether bipolar II probands have an excess of bipolar II relatives; and to determine whether bipolar probands with a history of one or more suicide attempts have more relatives who have also(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper aims to present an overview of screening and safety considerations for the treatment of clinical depressive disorders and make recommendations for safety monitoring. METHOD Data were sourced by a literature search using MEDLINE and a manual search of scientific journals to identify relevant articles. Draft guidelines were prepared and(More)
BACKGROUND Peer support has a unique philosophy of practice, which is reflected in the way information is handled. AIMS To describe the way peer supporters use documentation in their work and explore tensions this generates. METHODS Qualitative study based on two individual or group interviews with each of 37 peer supporters and peer-support managers in(More)
AIMS This paper describes the rationale and methodology of a study assessing the reliability of tools for clinical prioritisation (Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria [CPAC]) of patients for elective surgery in New Zealand. METHODS Surgeons from three specialties (general, vascular, and orthopaedic surgery) completed a computerised evaluation rating(More)
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