The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

China; a research superpower, but we could be left in dark

By Rebecca Syed, Research Fellow at King’s College London and an Editor for the CSzG

Over the past 25 years we have seen an explosion in top-level clinical trials in China. But only a tiny proportion of that research is available on the main databases used by doctors and researchers in the UK, Australia and the US. It means we could be missing out on evidence for potential medical breakthroughs.

There have been some high-profile cases in China of dodgy research, such as one poorly conducted trial (that didn’t even have ethical approval), but the Chinese have taken steps to improve research integrity. And we have to recognise research misconduct as a global issue.

I conducted a survey of low to middle-income countries randomised control trials in mental health. These studies are modelled very carefully and considered the gold standard of evidence for medical treatments. The survey involved laboriously hand searching databases in each region and in each language. Pretty dry stuff but as it turns out, very important. In China they increased by more than seven times between 1991 and 2000. Read the rest of this entry »

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Working with and Establishing Peer Support and Self Help Groups

Two-day interactive skills based workshop delivered jointly by:  Self Help Nottingham & The Institute of Mental Health

Attachments:  Flyer_-_Leeds_2013    Map_-_Bevan_House    Registration_form_-_Leeds_2013

Date:  Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st July 2013

Venue:  Northern School, Bevan House, 34-36 Springwell Road, Leeds LS12 1AW 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

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Standardisation in Mental Health: Social and Ethical Dimensions

Attachments:  Pickersgill_2011    Martyn Pickersgill

Date:  May 1st 2013
Time:  5.30pm (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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