Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Many like me will welcome this news that NICE has amended its guidelines on depression. The hope must be that there will be better understanding and support for those, like … Continue reading Medical Guidelines and lived experience

A letter in the BMJ

References: Davies J, Moncrieff J, Kinderman P, et al; Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry. Stigma and efficacy of taking antidepressants. Letter to the editor. Times 2018 Feb 23. Burns W. Pills for … Continue reading A letter in the BMJ

Pills or public health?

This is the title of the Editorial in the current BMJ by it’s Editor in Chief. Fiona Godlee states: I have previously written about the approach to “transparency” taken by … Continue reading Pills or public health?

‘The willingness among some . . .’

The support of the BMJ Editor in Chief to address meaningfully financial conflicts of interest in medicine and science is most welcome. As an NHS doctor of 25 years I … Continue reading ‘The willingness among some . . .’

From the individual to the Institution

This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all. The interviewee at the end of this film, talking about morality of public duty, is … Continue reading From the individual to the Institution

Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

This Personal View by Mark Abie Horowitz and David Taylor has been published in this month’s Lancet. I have written to the authors to thank them for providing this sensible … Continue reading Tapering SSRI treatment to mitigate withdrawal symptoms

Me, the heartsink patient

This is line from ‘A Handful of Dust’ by Evelyn Waugh: On reading this sentence my mind returned to recent correspondence that I had with Professor Sir Simon Wessely on … Continue reading Me, the heartsink patient

Transparency: Revision of NICE guidance on Depression

In a recent post I shared a letter that I had sent to the BMJ that was not published. It was based on correspondence with Professor Sir Simon Wessely who … Continue reading Transparency: Revision of NICE guidance on Depression

‘Demand full revision of NICE guidance on Depression’

Last week a News article in the BMJ outlined that a “coalition of mental health organisations and individual clinicians has described the latest draft guidelines on adult depression by the … Continue reading ‘Demand full revision of NICE guidance on Depression’

“Sink”

In a previous post I have written about the decision by NICE to re-consult on depression guidelines. This late stage development followed on from a briefing from a group of experts … Continue reading “Sink”

The development of healthcare Guidelines should be fully open

In a recent post I wrote about the decision by NICE to re-consult on depression guidelines. This late stage development followed on from a briefing from a group of experts … Continue reading The development of healthcare Guidelines should be fully open

NICE reconsults on depression guidelines

I recently read an article in PULSE which revealed that NICE has launched a second consultation on a new guideline for treating and managing depression in adults. The article explained … Continue reading NICE reconsults on depression guidelines