Evidenced-Based Mental Health Care

Evidenced-Based Mental Health Care

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


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