The first paper – published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research – is a systematic review of research (k = 6) examining the effects non-epileptic attacks after the diagnosis (NEAD). Despite reports of immediate cessation after diagnosis by clinical practitioners, the results of the review showed mixed findings. For example, diagnosis appeared to have no major impact on health-related quality of life. However, overall, the evidence lacked quality, particularly in study design and statistical rigour, highlighting the need for more well-designed research in this area.
The second paper – published in the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities – is a qualitative study aimed at examining the barriers and facilitators that contribute to the outcome of psychological therapies for people with intellectual disabilities. using Thematic Analysis on the accounts of 3 clinical psychologists, 6 clients, and 6 carers resulted in six themes being identified: (1) what the client brings; (2) the wider system; (3) therapy factors, including the therapeutic relationship and adaptations; (4) psychologists acting as a ‘mental health GP’ to coordinate care; (5) systemic dependency; and (6) the concept of the revolving door in intellectual disability services. The influence of these factors is complex yet crucial to address. Thus, they should be formulated as part of the therapeutic process.
Both papers are highly relevant to clinical practitioners and researchers working in these fields and, thus, are a beneficial contribution to the literature.