An introduction to evidence-based mental health care for all mental health professionals - psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and clinical psychologists.
Introduction - why evidence-based mental health care
Formulating answerable questions
Searching the mental health literature
What is the best treatment?
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
Putting evidence to use - clinical practice guidelines
What is the cause?
What is going to happen to me?
Prognostic studies in mental health
Critical appraisal of psychiatric rating scales, diagnostic tests and clinical decision rules
Critical appraisal of qualitative research
What to do if there is no evidence
Putting it all together - practicing evidence -based mental health care
Appendix A: Antidepressants for depression in medical illness (Cochrane Review)
Appendix B: Example of a Medline record
Appendix C: Steps in conducting a systematic review
By Simon Hatcher, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Mark Oakley-Browne, Professor of Rural Psychiatry, Monash University, Australia; and Robert Butler, Psychiatrist, Auckland, New Zealand