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What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?

Cannabis.  It's a plant that's well known for getting people high, but it's also become increasingly accepted for medicinal purposes, particularly for pain and nausea.  But what do we know about the interaction between cannabis and mental illness? There's been a clearly established link between cannabis use and triggering the onset of psychotic illness in … Continue reading What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?

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Understanding the implications of research design

I have previously written about improving research literacy to gain greater understanding of mental health research.  In that post, I described some of the terms commonly used in research.  In this post, I'll talk about some of the common types of research design for both quantitative and qualitative studies. Quantitative research Quantitative studies yield quantifiable … Continue reading Understanding the implications of research design

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What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment

The Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) trial studied 2876 people with major depressive disorder to evaluate their response to depression treatment in a real-world setting.  Unlike the randomized controlled trials that are often used to evaluate a drug's efficacy, there were few exclusion criteria, the patient and their physician knew which drug they … Continue reading What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment

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Why research literacy matters in mental health

We are regularly bombarded with news of the latest scientific research findings, and sometimes it seems like you can find a study to tell you just about anything.  My concern with news reporting of research is that many people (including members of the media) have relatively limited research literacy.  Research literacy refers to the ability … Continue reading Why research literacy matters in mental health

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