Podcast

What is ENTER and why is there a need for us? In what direction is the latest research in eMental Health heading, and in what way will the results impact on patients? What are ENTER's researchers working on and when will our research projects be ready for publication? These are some of the topics that will be explained and debated in the ENTER's podcast series. You can listen to the latest features here as well as explore our older podcasts.

E Mental Health for anxiety and depression a way forward for improving mental health

In this podcast Dr Rhonda Wilson describes the extent of global and Danish prevalence of anxiety and depression conditions, and suggests ways that E Mental Health might contribute to the reduction and recovery of mild to moderate anxiety conditions in particular. The importance of innovative research to further develop E Mental Health contribution to the mental health sector is discussed.

The episode in particular takes a closer look at:

  • the extent of global depression and anxiety
  • the prevalence and costs of depression in Denmark
  • the prevalence and costs of anxiety in Denmark
  • the need for ongoing research to suggest new ways to address depression and anxiety burdens in the future.

mDiary study in the ENTER program

Stig Helweg-Jørgensen, a PhD student in the E Mental Health Research Unit, introduces the mDiary study, one of the ENTER suite of studies funded by the Innovation Fund, Denmark.

The study encompasses the development and use of app based self monitoring and clinical monitoring collection of information on a cell phone aligned with the principles of Dialectical Behaviorual Therapy for people with suicidal and self-harms thoughts and behaviours. A time series analytical approach is being used to investigate the data collected so far, but early signs are showing some very pleasing results about the acceptability of an app based diary approach to managing the suicidal and self-harm thoughts and behaviours for people with borderline personality disorder.

What is E Mental Health Research? - An Introduction

This podcast discusses some general concepts about E Mental Health as an introductory measure. Dr Rhonda Wilson outlines E Mental Health generally and discusses some ways in which researchers are working towards improved E Mental Health interventions in the future. E Mental Health researchers are focused on generating evidence to ensure that practitioners and patients in the future have the best quality information available to them to support the safe and effective use of e mental health resources. An exciting aspect of E Mental Health research is envisioning what will be needed in the future to support people with all types of mental health conditions, and matching the need within the current context of the fast pace of technology development. 

Chemical restraints in adult psychiatric inpatient units

Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Chair of Nursing (Mental Health at Flinders University), and visiting professor at City University, London speaks on an Australian study.

Attempts to eliminate coercive measures in acute psychiatric in-patient units have resulted in a reduction of seclusion across Australia. However, the use of chemical restraint has received less attention. This paper reports on the incidence and characteristics of chemical restraint events occurring in Adelaide, using a descriptive quantitative design. Data were collected involving all reported chemical restraints occurring to adult consumers over a one-year period on 12 adult acute inpatient psychiatric wards in Adelaide, South Australia. Findings demonstrate there are specific characteristics of patients more likely to be chemically restrained than others. Further, that chemical restraint occurs early in admission, is more likely at certain times of the day and is commonly associated with the presence of security guards. Implications for practice include a need for systematic data collection of a range of variables as well as sustained focus on reducing the need to use chemical restraint.

Note: the introduction of professor Cochrane begins (4:10) and the professor’s lecture starts (7:30).



ABOUT ENTER

The ENTER program consists of five research projects that aim to:

  1. Develop novel technologies and forms of service delivery improving treatment outcomes for patients within a mental health care setting.
  2. Provide evidence for the clinical and cost effective benefits and possible risks of using technologies in mental health care services.
  3. Enable ENTER´s industry partners to market their products nationally and internationally based on the proven feasibility of the technologies.
  4. Disseminate research results directed at the patient organisations and policy makers in mental health care, and representatives of multiple bodies of clinical practice – pending clinical efficacy, successful implementation in the care and management of patients with mental disorders and mental health problems.
  5. Establish a fruitful, collaborative research environment for e-mental health research with a national networking organization to persist beyond the present project.

 

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