Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Clinical Trials

The Consultation Liaison Psychiatry department’s Clinical Trial research focus includes; deliberate self-poisoning, suicide prevention, epidemiology of suicidal behaviours, delirium, screening for depression and anxiety and psycho-oncology.

The Calvary Mater Newcastle Deliberate Self-Poisoning Clinical Registry has been developed by the department and is unique in Australia. This registry provides access for researchers and clinicians to real life data for hospital-treated self-poisoning, allowing them to investigate important clinical questions through infrastructure that is embedded within service delivery.

The department uses ‘real world practices’ looking to link the research and clinical environment to provide a unique understanding of what works and doesn’t work in practice.

The goals of the department include:

  • Reduce suicidal behaviours in various clinical populations
  • Reduce distress and depression in ambulatory oncology patients
  • Train the next generation of clinician-researchers

Local Clinical Trials currently in progress include:

  • Effectiveness of the Way Back Support Service (Hunter) program- a brief, non-clinical support program for people who have attempted suicide.
  • Somatic Symptom severity and Undifferentiated Abdominal Pain; Prevalence, Diagnostic Accuracy and Comorbidity
  • Convergent and criterion validity of PROMIS anxiety measures relative to six legacy measures and a structured diagnostic interview for anxiety in cancer patients
  • Choosing Active Surveillance for localised prostate cancer: Psychological Adjustment and Quality Adjusted Life Years

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