Category: Primary care

What agonist patients think about alcohol #SBIRT? A new paper out now

What do patients attending family physicians for methadone treatment think of screening and brief interventions for alcohol problems? Except for being screened at the intake, few recalled routine screening or treatment, and felt that primary care staff should be more proactive when addressing excessive drinking.
Check out our new qualitative study (www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/14/98/abstract)

Why Empirically Supported Psychosocial Treatments Are Important for Drug Users? New research project

UL researchers have been awarded €300,000 by Ireland’s Health Research Board to develop and evaluate psychosocial interventions for drug and alcohol users in primary care. Psychosocial interventions are described as aimed at reducing consumption behaviour or alcohol-related problems by using psychological approaches

UL Researchers Undertake Study to Evaluate Impact of Psychology Based Treatments for Drugs Users

Principal Investigator and Professor of General Practice at UL, Walter Cullen, explains: “The focus of this study is to evaluate the impact of psychology based treatments as opposed to the approach of medicating patients dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. There is a significant knowledge gap in this area internationally and we hope this study will help practitioners in Ireland assist their patients to deal with this issue.”
 
Led by Dr Jan Klimas Post-doctoral Researcher at the Centre for Interventions in Inflammation, Infection & Immunity (4i) (http://www.4i.ie) hosted by University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School, the study involves collaborators from a wide range of disciplines and agencies as well as international experts from the UK, USA and Australia.
 
The study, entitled ‘‘Are Psychosocial Interventions Effective for Problem Alcohol Use among Problem Drug Users’ (the PINTA study) will involve over 20 practices in the Midwest and Eastern regions.
 
The Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation & Immunity (4i), Graduate Entry Medical School, UL brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers focused on developing studies that impact health outcomes.
 
Director of the Centre, Professor Colum Dunne, complimented the team that successfully competed for this funding, adding “this study builds on previous work, also funded by the HRB, that qualitatively explored patients’ and practitioners’ experiences of problem drug and alcohol use. In a recent Cochrane review we identified gaps in the currently available scientific evidence relating to effectiveness treatments for problem alcohol use. This new study will add considerably to that field of practice.”
Read more here …

INVEST-ing: Jan Klimas teams up with US university

NIDA CTN WSN

Jan Klimas, PhD, joins the Western States Node on March 1, 2013, as a NIDA CTN INVEST Fellow.  NIDA is the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and INVEST is International Visiting Scientists & Technical Exchange Program for drug abuse research. Oregon Health & Sciences University hosts Dr. Klimas’ six months fellowship during which he will assess the use of Screening and Brief Intervention (SBIRT) for alcohol use disorders among patients receiving agonist medication for opioid use disorders. 

Professor Dennis McCarty, Co-PI for the Western States Node, will supervise Dr. Klimas during his fellowship.  The research examines addiction treatment in primary and specialty care settings with respect to implementation of screening and treatment for unhealthy alcohol use among opioid-dependent patients in methadone or buprenorphine agonist treatment in Ireland and Oregon.  Dr. Klimas’ prior work in Ireland informs the U.S. investigation… Read more in the NIDA CTN bulletin, issue November 15th, 2012: (http://ctndisseminationlibrary.org/bulletin/20121115.pdf

Youth Mental Health Conference: Press release (#Acamh2012)

Youth mental health is a key health priority in Ireland; early intervention, engagement and innovation are central to its promotion.

The Third National Research Conference in Ireland on Youth Mental Health will focus on this key theme. Hosted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) and Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick (UL), it will present insights, perspectives, and valuable updates.

Ian Kelleher, Winner of the the 2011 Eadbhard O’Callaghan Youth Mental Health Research Award with Professor Mary Cannon, RCSI.

The day’s key aim of encouraging research by under- and postgraduate students and trainees will again provide the platform for presentation of projects and, importantly, recognise the most excellent piece of research work with the award of “Annual ACAMH Youth Mental Health Research Prize”, in memory of the late Professor Eadbhard O’Callaghan and in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental health in young people. In an innovative development, young people will be highly involved with the organisation and delivery of the conference.

Conference organising committee chair, Walter Cullen (UL Professor of General Practice and GP) states: ‘UL, the Midwest region and ACAMH are delighted to come together to host this important meeting – mental health is a major challenge for our population’s national health, especially here in the Midwest, and this conference will showcase some of the excellent work being carried out by colleagues, associations and health agencies to address this issue. We are especially honoured that the prestigious Eadbhard O’Callaghan Memorial Prize will be awarded for work presented on the day’.
Speaking at the announcement of the programme for this year’s conference, Mary Cannon, RCSI Professor of Psychiatry and Secretary of ACAMH Special Interest Group on Youth Mental Health states “we hope to showcase research and innovation relevant to youth mental health. Our first two conferences promoted interaction between all stakeholders, especially researchers and young people, and dialogue between young people, researchers and policy makers will remain at the forefront of this year’s programme”.

The conference will be opened by Dan Neville T.D (Deputy Mental Health Spokesperson), and Don Barry, President, UL. Confirmed keynote speakers include Ella Arensman (Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation), Bob Illback (Deputy CEO, Headstrong), Eric Taylor (Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry), Mary Clarke (Clinical Lead, DETECT), and Ian Daly (HSE Mental Health Clinical Lead).

Interactive Workshops invite delegates to explore in greater depth, the key themes of ‘Disadvantage and its Impact on Youth Mental Health’ (UL-based Orla Muldoon, Professor of Psychology, Sarah Jay, Post-Grad Scholar and Jan Klimas, Postdoctoral Researcher and Cochrane Fellow) and ‘Technology and Youth Mental Health’ (Director of Programmes and Policy Derek Chambers and Research & Evaluation Officer Fenella Murphy, Inspire Ireland; Aleisha Clarke, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI; and Gavin Doherty, TCD School of Computer Science and Statistics). In addition, Colman Noctor (Psychotherapist, St Patrick’s University Hospital) will launch ‘The Way Forward, Young People and their Parents’ Experiences of Youth Mental Health Services’.

Further information:
Walter Cullen, Professor of General Practice, UL. [email protected]
Ingrid King, Executive Director, ACAMH [email protected]; www.acamh.org.uk
Mary Cannon, Dept Psychiatry RCSI; Secretary, ACAMH Special Interest Group: [email protected]

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Final programme: Promoting Youth Mental Health through Intervention, Engagement and Innovation (#Acamh2012)

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Final PROGRAMME & REGISTRATION
3rd National One-Day Research Conference on Youth Mental Health
Promoting Youth Mental Health through Intervention, Engagement and Innovation
Friday 28 September 2012; Carlton Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick

Programme: Morning 

08.30
Registration and Pre-Conference Refreshments
09.15
09.30
Welcome Address  Professor Don Barry, President, University of Limerick
Opening Address    Dan Neville TD, Deputy Spokesperson on Health
09.45
10.45
11.15
12.00
13.00
Plenary One             Trends in self harm and suicide among young people in Ireland: Implications for intervention and prevention programmes: Dr Ella Arensman, Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation, NHSRI, University College Cork
Plenary Two             Emerging Evaluation Findings: Jigsaw Early Intervention Model of Youth Mental Health Supports: Bob Illback, Deputy CEO, Headstrong, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health
Morning Coffee and Viewing of Poster Presentations
Guest Speaker:        Research Perspectives on Attention Deficit Disorder Among Young Adults: Eric Taylor, FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci, Emeritus Professor, King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry
Parallel Research Presentations: 4 presentations per session x 3 parallel sessions (12 presentations in total)
Lunch

Programme: Afternoon

14.00
Afternoon Workshops
Delegates to select one of the following Streams (kindly note: every effort will be made to accommodate requests, but this cannot always be guaranteed depending on numbers; please therefore indicate on booking form first and second preferences)
Workshop One:     Role of technology in promoting youth mental health: Derek Chambers and  Fenella Murphy, Inspire (workshop) Inspire Ireland; Dr Aleisha Clarke, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI; and Dr Gavin Doherty, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD
Workshop Two:     Disadvantage and its Impact on Youth Mental Health: Orla Muldoon, Orla Muldoon, Professor of Psychology, UL; Sarah Jay, IRCHSS Post-Grad Scholar, UL, and Jan Klimas, Postdoctoral Researcher / Cochrane Fellow, Graduate Entry Medical School, UL
15.00
Report launch:     The way forward, young people and their parents experiences of youth mental health   services: Colman Noctor, Psychotherapist, Willow Grove Adolescent Service, St Patricks University Hospital
15.15
Plenary Three:       Why Research Matters: Mary Clarke, Detect / HSE
Plenary  Four:       The Policy Perspective: Ian Daly, HSE
16.15
Research Prize        EADBHARD O’CALLAGHAN ANNUAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PRIZE: presented by Mrs Virginia O’Callaghan
16.45
Closing Address:      Walter Cullen, Professor of General Practice, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of
Limerick and Chair, SIG Research Conference Committee (tbc)
Closing Reception

 

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