Mariela Lara-Cabrera

Mariela Lara-Cabrera
Norwegian University of Technology and Science · Department of Mental Health

PhD

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Introduction The current COVID-19 pandemic interferes with family lives across the world, particularly families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) are at a greater risk for being negatively impacted by the pandemic. Together with representatives from this caregiver population the aim was to explore the interference associated with...
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Background Validated measures of patient-reported experiences are essential for assessing and improving the quality of mental health services and interventions. In Norwegian mental healthcare settings, the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire (CSQ-8) is increasingly being used for this purpose, but the validity and reliability of the Norwegian transla...
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Purpose: Research on the psychological well-being of caregivers of children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) suggests that the well-being of parents and caregivers has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the psychological well-being of caregivers is a major concern, few validated well-being meas...
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Background Because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s preventive measures, mental health care services were forced to reorganize and develop remote telehealth services. This led to newer modes of receiving treatment, both internet-based and video-based therapies, to meet patients’ need for help, while at the same time keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under co...
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Nurses’ well-being has been increasingly recognised due to the ongoing pandemic. However, no validation scales measuring nurses’ well-being currently exist. Thus, we aimed to validate the WHO-5 Well-Being Index (WHO-5) in a sample of nurses. A cross-sectional multinational study was conducted, and a total of 678 nurses who worked during the COVID-1...
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Aims Because of the COVID‐19 lockdown, an internet‐based adaption of a nurse‐led cognitive behavioural group therapy (CGBT) was provided for perpetrators of domestic violence. The aim of this study was to describe the development of the therapy, examine the initial feasibility and impact on patient satisfaction of the programme and evaluate the ass...
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Background The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is impacting the delivery of healthcare worldwide, creating dilemmas related to the duty to care. Although understanding the ethical dilemmas about the duty to care among nurses is necessary to allow effective preparation, few studies have explored these concerns. Aim This study aimed to identify th...
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This paper seeks to examine whether knowledge about treatment, mental well-being and socio-demographic variables can predict patients’ trust in surgeons. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Norway. A total of 147 participants completed a questionnaire with items on knowledge, mental well-being, socio-demographic background, and trust in doctor...
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Background: Work engagement is defined as a positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption. Even though volunteers at hospitals are deeply engaged in their unpaid work, there are no quick tools for measuring work engagement among these volunteers. The Ultra-short UWES-3 is a valuable research too...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created great uncertainty around the world, and due to the pandemic, nurses have been exposed to an increase in highly stressful clinical situations. This study examines the relationships between perceived stress and emotional disorders among nurses who have provided direct patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic and exp...
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Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the psychometric properties of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale (FCV-19S) for the general Spanish population. Method: A cross-sectional investigation was carried out in several stages. Participants (N = 699) between the ages of 18 and 73 (M = 27.79; SD = 12.68) completed both the FCV-19S and the Hospital,...
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Background Shared decision-making (SDM), a collaborative approach that includes and respects patients’ preferences for involvement in decision-making about their treatment, is increasingly advocated. However, in the practice of clinical psychiatry, implementing SDM seems difficult to accomplish. Although the number of studies related to psychiatric...
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Background: The brief generic Multicultural Quality of Life Index (MQLI) is a culturally informed self-report 10-item questionnaire used to measure health-related quality of life (QoL). QoL is an important outcome measure in guiding healthcare and is held as a substantial parameter to evaluate the effectiveness of healthcare. Attention Deficit Hype...
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Patient Activation Measure-13 (PAM-13) is a valid and widely used questionnaire that assess an individual’s knowledge, confidence, and skills for self-management of their chronic illness. Although there is some evidence regarding its reliability, the test–retest reliability has not been investigated among patients with substance use disorders (SUDs...
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Abstract Introduction: Significant numbers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) display problems that cause multiple disabilities, deficits and handicaps that interfere with social relationships, development and school achievement. They may have multiple problems, which strain family dynamics and influence the child's tr...
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Introduction Significant numbers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) display problems that cause multiple disabilities, deficits and handicaps that interfere with social relationships, development and school achievement. They may have multiple problems, which strain family dynamics and influence the child’s treatment. P...
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Aims To synthesise evidence of the psychometric properties of the Five‐item World Health Organization Well‐being Index in mental health settings and critically appraise the methodologies of the included studies. Design Protocol for a systematic psychometric review. Methods The review protocol has been registered in the International Prospective R...
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Background/Objective CollaboRATE is a 3-item self-report measure of the patient experience of shared decision-making (SDM) process. The objective of this study is to assess the psychometric properties of CollaboRATE in community mental health care. Method A cross-sectional study was conducted at a Community Mental Health Center of the Canary Islan...
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Background: Suffering linked to previous interpersonal trauma is common among patients in mental health care. Diagnostic labels may vary, but the clinical picture is often characterized by long-lasting and complex psychological and somatic symptoms, subjective distress and reduced quality of health and life. A substantial proportion of patients do...
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Background: Violence in close relationships is a global public health problem and there is a need to implement therapeutic programs designed to help individuals who voluntarily seek help to reduce recurrent intimate partner violence. The effectiveness of such interventions in this population remains inconclusive. The aim of the present study was t...
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Little is known about the mechanisms through which routine outcome monitoring (ROM) influences psychotherapy outcomes. In this secondary analysis of data from a randomized clinical trial (Brattland et al., 2018), we investigated whether the working alliance mediated the effect of the Partners for Change Outcome Monitoring System (PCOMS), a ROM syst...
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Background Psychoeducation is included in the Norwegian national guidelines for treatment of adult ADHD. Despite some promising results for the treatment of other conditions and ADHD, little is known about the efficacy of such interventions. This paper presents a protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial featuring a psychoeducational group p...
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Background Violence against intimate partners is a worldwide public health problem. Cognitive behavioural therapy delivered in a group format is widely used for the treatment of men’s violent behaviour towards their female partners. A Cochrane review about the effectiveness of this therapy from 2011 revealed a lack of controlled studies. Our aim is...
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Introduction Polypsychopharmacy, i.e. the concomitant use of multiple psychiatric medications in a single patient, is a frequent and questionable current practice in clinical psychiatry based more upon experience than evidence (De las Cuevas and Sanz, 2004). In addition to the lack of evidence-based strategies available to guide polypharmacy (NASMH...
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Background: Patients dropping out of mental health treatment is considered a widespread and significant obstacle to providing effective treatment, thus reducing the probability of patients achieving the desired improvement. Here, relative to ordinary treatment, we investigate the effects of providing an educational group programme before mental he...
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This study investigated the effects of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) in adult outpatient treatment at a hospital-based mental health clinic. It also investigated whether the effects differed with the timing of the treatment within a 4-year implementation period, with clients’ initial distress levels, and between therapis...
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Introduction Though interest grows in improving patient activation in general medical health services, there is little evidence from randomised controlled trials in mental health settings of how to achieve this. Objective We aimed to evaluate the effects of a brief pre-treatment peer-co-led educational intervention added to mental health treatment...
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Introduction Self-referral to inpatient treatment (SRIT) has recently been implemented in Norway in several community mental health centers (CMHC) in an effort to increase activation and to improve access to mental health services and timely treatment. Objective To examine the effect of having a contract for self-referral to inpatient treatment (S...
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Objective: To investigate the 1-month effects of an educational programme co-led by peers delivered before treatment on treatment preferences, self-management knowledge and motivation in comparison to usual care. Methods: Adults referred to a community mental health centre were randomised to either a control group (n=48) or a peer co-led educati...
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Objective: While there is growing interest in improving patient activation in general medical health services, there are too few randomized controlled trials in mental health settings which show how improvement can be achieved. Using the Patient Activation Measure-13 (PAM-13), we aimed to assess the effect of pre-treatment, peer co-led educational...
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The Patient Activation Measure-13 (PAM-13) has been found useful for assessing patient knowledge, skills and confidence in management of chronic conditions, but the empirical evidence from mental health is sparse. The psychometric properties of PAM in out-patients waiting for treatment in community mental health centers (CMHC) have therefore been e...
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Background  Patient and public involvement in health care is important, but the existing definitions of the concept do not integrate the stakeholders' own perceptions. Objective  To investigate and compare service users' and service providers' own definitions of patient and public involvement and their implications. Design, setting and participants...

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Measuring well-being, quality of life and mental health to identify challenges and/or improvement possibilities, supporting the development of the mental health research field.
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Choice, self-determination, and empowerment are foundational values for every patient, especially for those with psychiatric disorders. Shared decision making (SDM) is a clinical model that endorses these values and implements the basic rights of a group of patients who have not sufficiently benefited from consumer empowerment in other medical fields. SDM is an alternative to both the “paternalistic model” in which the physician unilaterally renders an opinion from above, and “pure consumerism”, which reduces the physician to a dispassionate technocrat dispensing information concerning statistical risks and benefits of alternate treatment approaches. The model embraces the inherent vulnerability of the patient facing serious illness and who must make decisions that carry serious consequences.
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A project investigating the effects of psychoeducation for adults with ADHD.