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Blogs by Dan Robotham

Jun
11
2018

Virtual Reality and psychosis
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Many people find social situations difficult. This includes people with psychosis. Virtual Reality (VR) may be able to help some overcome this, and the immersive worlds created by VR technology are now convincing enough (and affordable enough) to be used in psychology therapy.

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Dec
15
2017

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Insomnia
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A good night’s sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. Several years ago, I was involved in writing a report for Mental Health Awareness Week, based on findings from the Great British Sleep Survey. The report argued that insomnia and poor sleep were public health concerns.

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Aug
30
2017

Everyone’s business: research councils unite on mental health
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Last week, the UK research councils published their agenda for working in partnership on mental health research. For me, it is interesting to see how mental health has united all seven research councils, not just the traditional “key players” like the Medical Research Council (MRC, who have their own mental health research strategy) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Jul
13
2017

“The question is not if patients should be remunerated, but how”
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This recent BMJ blog explores the topic of paying patients to advise on health research, policy and service design. I was surprised to discover that there was still a debate about whether to pay patients or not!

The question of whether to pay people who bring ‘expertise from experience’ to research is nothing new.

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Apr
5
2017

The glass ceiling of Patient and Public Involvement
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In his first blog for us our new Head of Research and Evaluation Dan Robotham explains one of the reasons he decided to join McPin.

Health and social care research has a good public image. Polls suggest that university-based researchers are trusted by up to 90% of the public (Ispos Mori, 2014).

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