Lavanya Thana

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BACKGROUND Concerns have been expressed about the impact that screening for risk of suicide may have on a person's mental health. AIMS To examine whether screening for suicidal ideation among people who attend primary care services and have signs of depression increases the short-term incidence of feeling that life is not worth living. METHOD In a(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about service users' views of measures used to evaluate treatments in mental health. AIMS To identify the views of people with psychosis and affective disorder about the relevance and acceptability of commonly used outcome measures. METHODS Twenty-four widely used outcome measures were presented to expert groups of service(More)
BACKGROUND To make informed choices, patients need information about negative as well as positive effects of treatments. There is little information about negative effects of psychological interventions. AIMS To determine the prevalence of and risk factors for perceived negative effects of psychological treatment for common mental disorders. METHOD(More)
BACKGROUND The annual stroke rate in atrial fibrillation is around 5 per cent with increased risk in those with hypertension, diabetes, left ventricular dysfunction and other cardiovascular risk factors. This study set out to identify the patients with atrial fibrillation and modifiable risk factors for stroke. METHOD Analysis of practice computer data(More)
OBJECTIVES To report current levels of obesity and associated cardiac risk using routinely collected primary care computer data. METHODS 67 practices took part in an educational intervention to improve computer data quality and care in cardiovascular disease. Data were extracted from 435,102 general practice computer records. 64.3% (229,108/362,861) of(More)
BACKGROUND In 2008, the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2007 amendments to the MHA 1983 were implemented in England and Wales. The amendments were intended to remove perceived obstacles to the detention of high risk patients with personality disorders (PDs), sexual deviance and learning disabilities (LDs). The AMEND study aimed to test the hypothesis that the(More)
BACKGROUND The UK guidelines on the treatment of personality disorder recommend avoiding compulsory treatment except in extreme situations. Little is known about how often patients with personality disorder are detained or how this compares with the treatment of other mental disorders. OBJECTIVES Our aim is to test the hypothesis that people with(More)
BACKGROUND Preliminary studies have indicated that music therapy may benefit children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). OBJECTIVES To examine the effects of improvisational music therapy (IMT) on social affect and responsiveness of children with ASD. DESIGN International, multicentre, three-arm, single-masked randomised controlled trial, including a(More)
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