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Aboriginal Mental Health - What Works Best

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2001
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In July 1999, the first meeting of the Aboriginal Mental Health Committee was held at the Longhouse, UBC . This discussion paper represents the discussions of the Committee's working group based on their viewpoints and the literature available in the area of Aboriginal Mental Heath, including information from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITC) Environmental Scan (Federal) and the Royal Commission Reports on Aboriginal Peoples. The paper is intended for distribution across the province for input in focus group format.

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Report
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End of Life in Dementia Care: Research Evidence to Support the Provincial Dementia Service Framework

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
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As the population of British Columbia continues to age, an increasingly large proportion is anticipated to require services and supports as a result of various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health problems that affect the elderly.

While dementia is usually recognized in the later stages of the illness, research and best practices have demonstrated that early intervention strategies delay the onset of dementia or slow its progression, improving the quality of life for older British  Columbians and their families. Comprehensive, integrated services across the continuum of care that address individual unmet needs over the course of the disease are fundamental to optimal health outcomes not only for patients with dementia, but also for their families and caregivers. The Ministry of Health, health authorities and leading experts are working in partnership to develop a Provincial Service Framework for Dementia, which includes evidence-based best practices as well as patient and provider experiences to improve service delivery across provider levels and throughout the course of the disease.   This project provides applied research activities to support the development of a Framework that, once completed, will support health authorities in the development and implementation of dementia strategies.The initial stage of the project focused on summarizing evidence on best and emerging practices related to managing end-of-life issues for seniors with dementia and other mental health problems.  The recommendations of the End of Life Research Report have been incorporated into the Dementia Service Framework.

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Report

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Core Information Document

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2007
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Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) holds a unique status in the field of mental health – CBT is effective for many psychological problems, is relatively brief, and is well received by individuals. A large volume of research has been published regarding CBT, including a number of well-designed studies involving people in “real world” clinical settings. Yet despite this large base of evidence, information about CBT has not been well communicated to consumers, families, and providers of health care. Consequently, CBT is not being used as extensively as the research would warrant. Many individuals (consumers, families, and professionals alike) are unaware of the effectiveness of CBT for different problems. There is additional uncertainty about the effectiveness of different formats of CBT (for example, individual, group or self-help formats), who can provide CBT, how to access their services, and other treatments with which CBT is used (for example, the use of medication and CBT together). This Core Information Document has been assembled for the benefit of individuals, families and service providers interested in a broad summary of information relating to CBT and its effectiveness.

Document type: 
Report