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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Finding the Evidence: A gateway to the literature in child and adolescent mental health (Second edition)

Edited by Angela Scott, Mike Shaw and Carol Joughin

Price: £18.00

College members' price: £16.20

Published: Oct 2001

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 216

ISBN: 9781901242683

Downloadable version of this book available here

There is an unprecedented demand for scientific evidence in child and adolescent mental health. Finding the Evidence is a unique resource that provides busy clinicians with rapid access to the best available secondary research evidence.

This second edition is an essential tool for clinicians and includes:
  • A simple guide to searching for research evidence.
  • A list of the best research evidence on a wide range of subjects including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, guidelines and practice parameters identified not only by searching bibliographic database but by an expert selection of key and cutting edge publications.
  • Search strategies to allow clinicians to identify randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews.
  • A range of critical appraisal tools.
New to the second edition are:
  • A synopsis for all topic areas covering details of the aetiology, diagnosis and prevalence of conditions.
  • Expert commentary on the current research base and the gap between research and practice.
  • A significantly expanded and updated range of research.
  • Key developments in the management of individual conditions.
  • Important messages for the development of services.




Introduction: the editors’ goals and plans


Section 1. A description of terms
Section 2. A guide to searching
Section 3. Finding the evidence summary


Section 4. Directory

Section 5. Individual conditions


  • Emotional and physical
  • Sexual

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Conduct disorders and juvenile delinquency
Deliberate self-harm
Eating disorders
Emotional disorders

  • Anxiety and phobia
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Gender identity disorders
Paediatric liaison

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Disintegrative disorder
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Rett’s syndrome
  • Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Dying child

Pervasive developmental disorders

  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Autism

Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Mania and bipolar affective disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Substance misuse
Tic disorder: Tics and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome

Section 6. Treatment approaches

Psychotherapeutic approaches

Section 7. Emerging data-sets

Attachment disorders
Electroconvulsive therapy
Mental health and deafness
The mental health of children and adolescents from ethnic minorities

Section 8. Service development and legal issues

Consultation in child and adolescent mental health services
Consent, competence and capacity
Parenting assessment
Prevention, education and mental health promotion
Organisation of CAMHS

Appendix i: Search strategies

Randomised controlled trials
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Appendix ii: Critical appraisal tools

Meta-analyses and systematic reviews
Randomised controlled trials
Clinical guidelines
Qualitative research

Appendix iii: Fax back to FOCUS

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