Sharon Cahill

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BACKGROUND Patient-rated unmet need is cross-sectionally associated with quality of life. Its longitudinal relationship has not been established. AIMS To test the hypotheses that: (a) higher patient-rated unmet need is associated with lower individual quality of life assessments by a patient over time; and (b) reduction in patient-rated unmet need(More)
AIM To investigate the safety and efficacy of once-daily supervised oral administration of sustained-release dexamphetamine in people dependent on methamphetamine. DESIGN Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS Forty-nine methamphetamine-dependent drug users from Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) clinics. (More)
BACKGROUND Routine use of standardised outcome measures is not universal. AIMS To evaluate the effectiveness of standardised outcome assessment. METHOD A randomised controlled trial, involving 160 representative adult mental health patients and paired staff (ISRCTN16971059). The intervention group (n=101) (a) completed monthly postal questionnaires(More)
Testing of a new scale, the Amphetamine Cessation Symptom Assessment (ACSA), in a sample of treatment-seeking amphetamine users (N = 133) showed satisfactory reliability, while factor analysis identified three components explaining 64.7% of the variance in scores. Scores were inversely related to subjective general well-being (r = -.33, p < .01) and(More)
Given the evidence from retrospective studies indicating that alcohol-dependent patients with homozygous or heterozygous A118G variant of the μ-opioid receptor, OPRM1, gene have significantly better outcomes when treated with naltrexone; this study examined this prospectively in 100 alcohol-dependent participants prescribed naltrexone for 12 weeks and(More)
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS This study is to test the acceptability of a single-session 'check-up' intervention for psychostimulant users and document participants' subsequent progress in reducing psychostimulant use and related harms. DESIGN AND METHODS The design was pre-experimental single-group repeated measures. Eighty participants received the(More)
Background Evidence-based practice requires the development of measures which are suitable for everyday clinical use (‘feasible’). There is no consensus as to how to establish feasibility. Method The feasibility of a new assessment – the Threshold Assessment Grid (TAG) – for use when making referrals to mental health services was tested by training mental(More)
In the UK, stroke is the third most common cause of death for women and the incidence in African Caribbean women is higher than that in the general population. Stroke burden has major consequences for the physical, mental and social health of African Caribbean women. In order to adjust to life after stroke, individuals affected employ a range of strategies(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To investigate African Caribbean women's subjective accounts of stroke and how this impacted on their lives and identify beliefs attributed to the causes of stroke in this post stroke. BACKGROUND In the UK, those from African or African Caribbean ethnicity are at an increased risk of stroke, and stroke risks are double that of the UK(More)
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