The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

Ferreting in CRS and RevMan…it’s technical

By Angelique Bodart, the Editorial Assistant for the CSzG

An interview with two 3rd year students on the Information Management and Healthcare course at the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm, Germany

When they were asked where they would like their 3rd year work placement to be they did not choose Hawaii or Brazil like their fellow students, they chose the UK.  What they got was a placement with us, the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group in Nottingham, an eager Coordinating Editor and lots of small projects ready for them to run with.  So far they have been presented with two projects, both originally considered reasonably small but as with all technological advancement these project grew, in difficulty and further development ideas.  This is an insight into the work they’ve been doing for us over the past three months and will continue to develop over the next two. Read the rest of this entry »

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Through the eyes of a service user

By Ben Gray, Consumer Peer Reviewer and Plain Language Summary writer

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English: Close-up of 0.5mg tablets of the brand name benzodiazepine drug, Ativan. Generic name is Lorazepam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘People with mental health problems may exhibit agitated, violent and aggressive behaviour which can be a danger to themselves or others. Usually, de-escalation techniques such as talking to the patient are used to calm down the situation. However, people’s behaviour may be too disturbed, violent or agitated. In these circumstances, rapid tranquillisation is given to achieve a state of calm. Three major classes of drugs are used to achieve rapid tranquillisation: typical antipsychotics; benzodiazepines; and more recently atypical antipsychotics. …’ Read more

(excerpt from the Plain Language Summary for Benzodiazepines alone or in combination with antipsychotic drugs for acute psychosis)

From a service user perspective, having a mental health problem can be an experience that is frightening, agitating and even terrifying.  Hearing voices and seeing things can make people feel scared and panic, so that they become agitated.  A person I knew in hospital often saw people covered in snakes, while another saw people on fire.  I myself have heard frightening and taunting voices, saying: “You wait until you see what I’m going to do to you!”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Social Media Strategy for the CSzG

By Angelique Bodart, Editorial Assistant for the CSzG

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It wasn’t too long ago that I decided we needed a plan, a social media plan, to get in touch with you, the Cochrane review readers and writers.  So far we’ve been sticking to our more structured tweeting approach with a different topic each day; tweeting more often (sometimes we do twitter on); blogging to make sure you get a flavour for what we do and who does it; setup a private LinkedIn Group for our members to discuss and comment on the articles we tweet.  So, how’s this all working out for us so far? Read the rest of this entry »

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Working with Personality Disordered Offenders

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English: University of Nottingham Innovation Park, near to Lenton, Nottingham, Great Britain. Aspire the 60m free standing sculpture, marks the centre of the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attachments:  Forensic lunchtime talk-May

Our next Forensic Seminar is on…

Date:  Thursday 30th May 2013

Time:  12.00 pm

Venue:  A06, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking the silence & gossip around organisations #healthandsocialcare

Attachments:  K Waddington_et_al_Full_Paper            Kathryn Waddington

Date:  Wednesday 5th June 2013

Time:  5.30 – 7pm, followed by light refreshments

Venue:  B63 Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park, The University of Nottingham Read the rest of this entry »

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