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Specialist mental health services do work - but they come at a price, study finds


A specialist service offering a tailored approach to treating patients with severe depression is more effective than usual mental health care but comes at a higher cost, research led by academics at The University of Nottingham has revealed.

The study, published in Lancet Psychiatry and funded through NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and the Medical Research Council (MRC), is the first ever trial of its kind into a specialist service for the most severely depressed patients in mental health services.

It found that after 18 months of using the service patients reported a significant improvement in their symptoms compared to those using usual mental health services.

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Posted on Thursday 4th August 2016

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