Trial By Error: Just the Latest Gibberish from Professor Chalder
By David Tuller, DrPH I’ve said it before and will undoubtedly say it again. Trudie Chalder, King’s College London’s mathematically and factually challenged professor of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), is a one-trick pony. She writes what is essentially the same bad paper based on the same unfounded assumptions over and over again. Her apparent professional … Trial By Error: Just the Latest Gibberish from Professor Chalder Read More » (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - September 4, 2023 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT chalder inflammatory bowel disease Source Type: blogs

Time for a universal “exercise prescription” for kids and adults to boost cognition and mental health?
Welcome to a new edition of SharpBrains e‑newsletter, featuring this time a range of brain research findings, tools and controversies plus some brain teasers to challenge your (and our) working memory. #1. Major evidence review supports an “exercise prescription” for most adults to boost mental health “Higher intensity physical activity was associated with greater improvements” and “Effectiveness of physical activity interventions diminished with longer duration interventions.” The sweet spot was four or five half-hour effortful sessions per week. Are you hitting it? #2. (Separate) Evidence review: Ph...
Source: SharpBrains - August 31, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention & ADD/ADHD Brain Teasers Brain/ Mental Health Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance SharpBrains Monthly eNewsletter Technology & Innovation AirPods Apple boost mental health brain teasers for adults brain-activity Source Type: blogs

Dancing around the hexaflex: Using ACT in practice 1
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) can be slippery to describe. It’s an approach that doesn’t aim to change thought content, but instead to help us shift the way we relate to what our mind tells us. It’s also an approach focused on workability: pragmatic and context-specific analysis of how well a strategy is working to achieve being able to do what matters. Over the next few posts I want to give some examples of how non-psychologists (remember ACT is open for anyone to use it!) can use ACT in session. Mindfulness – messing about with attention Thanks to Kevin Vowles, I’m adopting t...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - August 20, 2023 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Back pain Chronic pain Clinical reasoning Coping strategies Low back pain Occupational therapy Physiotherapy Psychology Research Resilience Resilience/Health Science in practice mindful movem Source Type: blogs

The Top 10 Health Chatbots
This study from March 2023 reports how an app developed to help patients’ bowel preparation can increase compliance and thus, the number of successful colonoscopies. In some cases, health chatbots are also able to connect patients with clinicians for diagnosis or treatment, but that is one step further down the line. The general idea is that in the future, these talking or texting smart algorithms might become the first contact point for primary care. Patients will not get in touch with physicians or nurses or any medical professional with every one of their health questions but will turn to chatbots first. If th...
Source: The Medical Futurist - August 1, 2023 Category: Information Technology Authors: berci.mesko Tags: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Future of Medicine Healthcare Design List medical Personalized medicine AI technology chatbot digital health chatbots health chatbot Innovation Source Type: blogs

Virtual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) accounts for over 30% of NHS mental health treatments — up from 10% in 2017
Concern as a third of NHS mental health treatments shift online (The Guardian): An Observer analysis of data from private providers, cross-checked against NHS figures, reveals around one in three mental health treatments in England are delivered online, up from one in five in 2019, and one in 10 in 2017. Patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety can be referred to app- or web-based, self-guided cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) courses, instead of traditional face-to-face talking therapies. The health watchdog Nice has approved three online CBT courses for NHS patients with depression: Beating the Blues, by 36...
Source: SharpBrains - July 12, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation 365 Health Solutions Amwell Beating the Blues cognitive behavioural therapy Deprexis Ethypharm Digital Therapy mental health treatments mild to moderate anxiety mild to moderate depression Source Type: blogs

The National Health Service (NHS) in England to roll-out nine online cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT) for adults with anxiety or depression
Online depression therapy given go-ahead in England (BBC News): Nine online talking-therapy treatments for anxiety or depression have been given the green light to be used by the NHS in England. … The new digital therapies are delivered via a website or an app and use cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). They provide an alternative way of accessing support, which may be more convenient for some, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says. They could also free up resources and help reduce the wait for care.… Mark Chapman from NICE said: “One of our priorities is to get the best care to peop...
Source: SharpBrains - June 14, 2023 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain/ Mental Health Technology & Innovation anxiety-disorders Beating the Blues CBT methods cognitive behavioural therapy Deprexis iCT-PTSD iCT-SAD National Institute for Health and Care Excellence NHS NHS Talking Therapies online Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: Dutch CBT Study for Long Covid Proves that Unblinded Studies with Subjective Outcomes Generate Positive Reports
By David Tuller, DrPH Three years ago, I wrote a blog post about a problematic Dutch study that had been funded by a major health agency and was being led by Hans Knoop, a professor of medical psychology at Amsterdam University Medical Centers. The study sought to test whether a course of cognitive behavior therapy … Trial By Error: Dutch CBT Study for Long Covid Proves that Unblinded Studies with Subjective Outcomes Generate Positive Reports Read More » (Source: virology blog)
Source: virology blog - May 25, 2023 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized CBT Knoop Long Covid Netherlands Source Type: blogs

New! Awesome! Better! (Learning a new approach)
With all the attention being given to cognitive functional therapy (and deservedly so, IMHO) it’s tempting to leap aboard the modality train and go take a course, isn’t it? Although I’ve picked on CFT today, it could just as easily have been any of the New! Awesome! Better! therapies that hit the clinical headlines on a frequent basis. The temptation to go “Look! Shiny!” and learn about the latest thing isn’t confined to teenagers following some social media trend. Yup, even sober-sides nearly 60-year-olds like me still want to go on learning, getting better at what I do, keeping up w...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - May 21, 2023 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: Clinical reasoning Education/CME Occupational therapy Physiotherapy Professional topics Psychology Research Science in practice biopsychosocial healthcare Therapeutic approaches Source Type: blogs

Learning ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
Around 2001 I read what I believe is the first randomised controlled trial of ACT for people living with chronic pain (McCracken, 1998). I quickly dived into this ‘new’ therapy – it appealed to me because it resonated with my own experiences with psychological therapies for depression, and in the way I had learned to live alongside my own pain. For those who don’t know, I developed chronic pain around the age of 22ish (dates are hard to remember!) and after seeing a pain specialist was given those fateful words ‘I’m sorry, there’s nothing we can do from a medical perspective.’...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - May 14, 2023 Category: Anesthesiology Authors: BronnieLennoxThompson Tags: 'Pacing' or Quota ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Chronic pain Motivation Occupational therapy Pain conditions Physiotherapy Professional topics Psychology Research Science in practice acceptance and commitment therapy Therap Source Type: blogs

Maintaining Your Well-Being While Changing the World
Many people have gotten more involved in social activism and community work, recently. Seeing the divides in political positions, opportunities, and lived experiences, many of us have declared that we cannot, in good conscience, passively wait for others to make the world a better place. While this work can be rewarding, it can also be hard. Sometimes it’s anxiety-provoking, and sometimes you might feel discouraged about the progress you are (or aren’t) seeing, or about the state of the world in general. There can be feelings of overwhelm, about all that needs doing, and hopelessness about how things are going. You mig...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: depression featured happiness health and fitness psychology self-improvement emotional wellbeing wellness Source Type: blogs

5 Relaxation Techniques For Stress And Anxiety
Relaxation techniques that are scientifically proven include progressive relaxation, autogenic training, meditation and cognitive-behavioural therapy. (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - December 15, 2022 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Anxiety Mindfulness Source Type: blogs

Global Digital Health 100 – The Medical Futurist ’ s Top Choices in 2022
We first published the list of the Top 100 Digital Health Companies in 2017, highlighting the mindblowing growth the sector registered in the previous year. “Global digital health investments totalled more than 8 billion USD in 2016” – we wrote. Looking at the latest data, we better keep our seatbelts fastened: this figure was USD 57.2 billion in 2021, with a year-on-year growth of 79%. Digital health is booming, with dozens, hundreds of startups and scale-ups entering the realm each year. While their spectacular promises are loud, failure is silent – unless it happens to one of the tech giants ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 7, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andrea Koncz Tags: TMF bioprinting digital health Healthcare wearables top 100 telemedicine digital health companies remote care digital therapeutics Source Type: blogs