Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Towards Better Understanding and Outcomes

Kenneth C. Kirkby


Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2003;16(1) 

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Collaborations between the many individuals and groups working in the OCD field is a prerequisite for speeding progress through the sharing of ideas and expertise and is emerging rapidly through modern communications. There is clearly a lot to unravel and most projects at present appear to have been developed in relative isolation from each other; they are in effect different pieces from different jigsaws. There are glimmers of an active involvement of consumers in this process, over and above the active involvement of many as participants in experimental and treatment outcome studies. Recruitment is a substantial issue in OCD research and many studies are limited in scope due to small sample sizes. This makes experimental design a very critical issue in order to derive the maximum benefit of new knowledge from research projects. Projects that overlap domains such as neuropsychology combined with brain imaging techniques appear particularly informative, where resources allow. In the treatment field much of the published literature relates to efficacy; the effective deployment of effective treatments to those in need and aids to compliance are arguably of equal importance.


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