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Purpose and procedure (abbreviated)

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The purpose of Evidence-Based Mental Health is to alert clinicians working in the field of mental health to important and clinically relevant advances in treatment (including specific interventions and systems of care), diagnosis, aetiology, prognosis/outcome research, quality improvement, continuing education, and economic evaluation. We will do this by selecting original and review articles whose results are most likely to be accurate and clinically useful. The articles are then summarised in value added abstracts and a commentary by a clinical expert is added. The procedures that are used to select and abstract journal articles are based closely on those developed by our sister journal, Evidence-Based Medicine. These procedures are:

  • Selecting, using prestated, empirically derived criteria, the best original and review articles on the causes, course, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, quality of care, or economics of disorders in mental health

  • Introducing these articles with declarative titles stating the clinical bottom line and summarising them in structured abstracts that describe their objectives, methods, and results

  • Adding brief commentaries prepared by clinical experts to place each study in its clinical …

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