Last updated on 9th September 2011
I read a lot of research. When I find an article of particular interest I download it to my bibliographic database - EndNote - which currently contains over 16,400 abstracts.
Every few weeks I scan through all the articles I've found interesting in the previous month (in the general areas of stress, health & wellbeing) and then filter them into four narrower, more specific mailings. One is to the communal email list of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This set of abstracts focuses particularly on cognitive therapy in its many applications (anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, etc). Click on BABCP mailing to see the 30 abstracts (mostly from July journals) that I recently sent out.
A second, and more recent development, is for people who have expressed an interest in keeping up to date with research relevant to compassion - see the post "Proposal for a BABCP special interest group on compassion" - and the Compassion mailing for 4 abstracts that I've recently sent out.
A third mailing is to various people involved with Action on Depression Scotland (AOD). AOD is the only charity specifically working for people with depression who live in Scotland. I've been on their Clinical Advisory Board for some years. These abstracts focus more on depression and many are about antidepressant medication as well as others which overlap with the BABCP mailing on psychotherapy. Click on AOD mailing to see the 25 abstracts recently sent out.
The fourth mailing is to the editor of the British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) newsletter. Back in the early 1980's I was on the working party that set up the BHMA. I'm not much involved with them now - partly because many of their original objectives have been achieved and are now mainstream. This month's BHMA mailing contains 36 abstracts covering a multitude of stress, health & wellbeing related subjects from healthy eating & both physical & mental health, links between child abuse & psychosis, and music creating interpersonal bonds to vitamin D status in Canadians, wellbeing in the English, and links between exercise & maintaining mental functioning and much more.