The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

CSzG at the 14th International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology conference

Three days after returning from an extremely relaxing holiday in Greece, I was back at the airport to board a flight to Leipzig, Germany. The event put me firmly back into work-mode, with the prospect of presenting both poster and plenary session on two research topics undertaken at the CSzG base during the past year.

With over 300 epidemiologists attending the conference at the Westin Hotel, central Leipzig, the opportunity to keep in the loop of on-going research, newly published material, or just to get a different perspective was prevalent in every symposium hall. Friday’s schizophrenia symposium speakers gave insight into various areas of interest: including risk factors for different psychosis syndromes; prediction tools for incidence of first episode psychosis; social adversity over life course increase of psychosis; and a study counteracting internalized stigma with day clinic treatment for people with schizophrenia (the results of which called for larger RCTs to confirm any positive findings). Some representation for RCTs did not go amiss. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twittering about severe mental illness

By Angelique Bodart, Editorial Assistant for the CSzG

The Bipolar Detective

The Bipolar Detective (Photo credit: chris.bburn)

Yesterday (5th June 2013) I went along to some Cochrane training, put on by the authors of Evidently Cochrane, on using social media to improve our Group’s online presence.  Simple things, nothing dramatic involving hidden agendas or anything, just general usage tactics like Symplur for finding the major influences within health care to notify them we exist, and tweeting something multiple times but in different ways to reach different groups.  I tweeted the topics and tips discussed throughout the day (check out #cochranesm); my first time tweeting at an event.  It was all very exciting.  One question that came up a lot was “what’s the impact?”.   Read the rest of this entry »

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