Global recognition for psychiatry research

June 5, 2014

A paper produced by the John Milne Centre at Bentley Health Service (BHS) has been selected to be presented at the World Congress of Psychiatry Conference in September this year.

Led by Professor Alexander John, a number of John Milne Centre staff including, Kim Yeak, Helen Ayres, Marie Sevastos and Elizabeth Moore worked together to develop and write the paper. It explores the improvement of cognitive functions in people with schizophrenia with evidence-based treatments.

Professor John says that cognitive deficits such as problems with attention, speed of processing information, working memory, and executive functions are progressively being recognised as common features of schizophrenia.

“We were able to retrospectively identify the effectiveness of integrated psychopharmacological and psychosocial interventions on cognitive functions of people with schizophrenia at Bentley,” Professor John said

As current treatment generally provides little benefit for cognitive deficits, exploring evidence-based treatment options for patients with schizophrenia is very important.

“Our analysis revealed that though cognitive problems were pervasive among people with schizophrenia, continued evidence-based treatments produced significant improvements in cognitive functions,” Professor John said.

“We were able to demonstrate that treatments can be translated effectively from research settings into everyday clinical practice that provide positive outcomes for people with schizophrenia.”

The 16th World Congress of Psychiatry Conference will be held in Madrid, Spain and will explore the latest perspectives, developments and research in psychiatric care around the world.

“Being selected to present at an international congregation of healthcare professionals is a massive honour, and a fantastic opportunity to showcase our work at Bentley to an international audience.” Professor John said.

Find out more information about the World Congress of Psychiatry Conference (external site).