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Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

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Frequency: Bi-monthly (6 per year)

Circulation: 2,350 (print); 17,350 (online)

Editor: Professor Patricia Casey, Professor of Adult Psychiatry at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, DublinFull Editorial Board

ISSN (Print): 1355-5146
Online version ISSN: 1472-1481

Audience: All practising mental health professionals

Journal name change for 2015: Please note from January 2015, the title of this journal will be BJPsych Advances, with new ISSNS...
ISSN (Print):  2056-4678
ISSN (Online):  2056-4686


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Clinical knowledge, distilled into a handy compendium!  Each article in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment is a specially commissioned overview of a particular psychiatric subject by expert clinicians. They discuss comprehensive, practical approaches to clinical problems and explain the full range of therapeutic options. Many articles also appear with additional commentaries. Advances makes an essential contribution to the continuing medical education of psychiatrists at all levels, but is aimed at any practising mental health professional who needs to be kept informed of current ideas, techniques and developments in psychiatry.

  • Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and answers at the end of each article for self-testing.
  • Peer-reviewed by experts in the field.
  • Regular editorials and series focus on particular key clinical topics and current issues.
  • Highlighted boxes summarise all the key points.
  • Easy to read: two-colour design and useful sub-headings.
  • RCPsych members get online access free of charge and get a discount on the price of the print version of around 50%.

Regular features in Advances include:

  • Commissioned articles
  • Commentaries
  • Cochrane Corner
  • Reflection section 
  • Poem by a service user
  • Correspondence section

Online Advances has the following extra features:

  • E-letters section.
  • Full text archive dating back to 2000.
  • Full text (as PDFs) and contents lists archive dating back to the first ever issue in 1994.
  • More online features.

Please note: Since January 2009 online content from Advances has changed from becoming free after one year, to three years after publication. Content published before January 2008 will continue to be available free. Content published after that date will be made free to all, three years after publication.


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CPD Online is an e-learning website, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which provides learning modules using a range of multimedia techniques. It can be used for up to 25 hours of core learning towards your (UK) CPD requirements.  The site uses some of the material published in Advances.

Go to the CPD Online website