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Do we do what we know works, and if not why not?

Killackey, Eóin and Jorm, Anthony F and Alvarez-Jimenez, Mario and McCann, Terence and Hides, Leanne and Couineau, Anne-Laure (2008) Do we do what we know works, and if not why not? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 (6). pp. 439-444. ISSN 0004-8674

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Abstract

There have always been a range of treatments for mental illness. Evidence exists of ancient trepanning, and through the ages other techniques have been used such as blood letting, exorcism, confinement, dietary interventions, environmental interventions, talking therapies of various modalities, industrial therapies, insulin comas, and ice baths among many others. In the past the view was held that physicians were people of such sober judgement and fine knowledge that ‘all remedies whatever are at the disposal of practitioners to reject or employ them under the sole guidance of their own judgment’. But in more recent times, for reasons of efficacy and economics, there has been greater concern with using treatments for which there is the best evidence of a positive outcome.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16455, ResPubID14876. treatments for mental illness, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based interventions
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2011 05:43
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 05:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3761
DOI: 10.1080/00048670802050652
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Citations in Scopus: 12 - View on Scopus

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