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A Swiss panel of experts met for the Dementia Summit in Brunnen, Switzerland, to discuss the latest scientific findings on basic and clinical research, as well as practical and political approaches to the challenges of dementia disorders in Switzerland. Here, they present the conference summary.
Authorities, practitioners and researchers should recognize that Syrian refugees and asylum seekers are strongly affected by a broad range of problems. Besides practical problems, they suffer a multitude of psychological problems, and a significant number of them report, among other issues, symptoms of mental health disorders.
Healthcare professionals’ opinions on psychological screening in follow-up care for childhood cancer survivors
There is overall agreement that screening for psychological late effects is not yet standard in follow-up care in Switzerland. It is important to mitigate perceived barriers and concerns of healthcare professionals to enable a successful implementation of psychological distress screening according to the established standards of care.
The new remuneration system TARPSY in Swiss psychiatric hospitals: effects on length of stay and readmissions?
If being evident at all, the effects of the new remuneration system TARPSY on LOS and readmission rates seem to be small. Concerns that declining daily rates in TARPSY would result in early discharges and increased readmission rates did not prove true in adult and geriatric psychiatry.
The ongoing agricultural reforms present serious challenges for Swiss farmers. This study shows a higher rate of suicide in farmers compared to non-farmers in Switzerland, with the gap widening increasingly after 2006.
Even though substance users and people with a high level of physical activity are two population groups that have been the subjects of many studies, the general link between substance use and level of physical activity is much less discussed.
Decades of research in affective neuroscience have been devoted to identifying the underlying neuropsychological mechanisms that can lead to compulsive reward-seeking behaviours where the amount of effort mobilised to obtain an outcome is no longer justified by its value.
Interventional psychiatry in the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: a qualitative review
Pharmaceutical options for the treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are limited. This article invetigates the potential role of interventional techniques, considering the possible overlapping role of specific neurocircuits underlying BPSD.
In recent years, there has been a revival in research on hallucinogenic drugs. One of the most interesting questions is how the typical effects of LSD are represented on a neuronal level. This question was recently addressed by three clinical trials.
Significant strides have been made in developing and refining psychotherapeutic treatments. However, there is significant room to improve them, and they may benefit from innovations such as extracellular matrix modification.