Talking about “The Curve”: Why the moving average is a better indicator for Covid-19 trends than the day-to-day numbers

Earlier this week I had a discussion with a friend about the latest Covid-19 trends. Well, as for everybody, this is the only discussion we seem to have right now. The curve, cases, deaths, today's numbers, does it flatten, doesn't it. It is a tragic topic, and let's hope that we soon can start talking …

Peace of mind in troubled times: Get free meditation, sleep and movement exercises from Headspace

These are worrisome and uncertain times. The Covid-19 / Corona virus pandemic is affecting our societies as well as it affects our mental well being. I was glad to see that the guys from Headspace currently are offering free meditation, sleep and movement exercises as an effort to give some support in the crisis. I …

Internet CBT for youth with OCD: Effects not only maintained in the long-term but continue to improve

In a recent study from our group, the long-term effect of internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) for youth with OCD was evaluated. A group of 13 to 17 year olds received therapist-guided ICBT. Surprisingly, when followed-up 3 and 12 months after the treatment, we found that the improvements were not only maintained but that symptoms …

Lessons learned from implementation of internet CBT in Sweden, UK and Australia

In a recent publication from our Swedish group together with colleagues from the UK and Australia, we summarize what we have learned from implementing internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) at three sites in Gothenburg, London and Brisbane. In this study we tested the implementation of BIP OCD, a therapist-guided ICBT intervention for children and adolescents …

A brief Measure of Impairment in Youth: The Work and Social Adjustment Scale – Youth and Parent Version (WSAS-Y/P)

Our international team from London and Stockholm has recently published the youth version of the popular WSAS, which is a very well known and widely used measure of impairment, however, thus far only available for adults. The WSAS for youth was developed by David Mataix-Cols and colleagues at the King´s College in London, translated by …

The Internet Intervention Patient Adherence Scale for Guided Internet-Delivered Behavioral Interventions: Development and Psychometric Evaluation

Patient adherence is defined as the degree to which a patient follows a given health care intervention or medical advice. In medicine good adherence would be e.g. if a patient takes medication or follows dietary advice according to the prescription. In psychological and behavioral treatments the usual way of measuring adherence has been to record …

R toolbox: open your data set in R with read.csv and the “here” package

I like to save my rawdata in csv format (from excel, Stata or other sources), which makes the access easy as well as it is a durable file format that most likely will be relatively unaffected by new versions of software and thus is a good file format for archiving your data. Make sure that …

From Fabbe’s R tool box: Mixed model regression analysis of a longitudinal two (or more) group design with a nice graph

In the following example we will fit a mixed model regression analysis. In our design we have time as one independent variable, Responder status as another independent variable and we have a dependent variable, the outcome, that we believe is affected by both time and Responder status. In our model we assume that individual trajectories …

The Work and Social Adjustment Scale – Youth and Parent version (WSAS-Y/P): Preprint out now!

The Work and Social Adjustment Scale (WSAS) has for many years been a useful and widely appreciated tool to measure functional impairment in adults with various conditions. Now we present a youth and parent version of the WSAS, the WSAS-Y and WSAS-P. This is a project that Prof. David Mataix-Cols from KI and our Clinical …