MentalHealth+

About This Site


MentalHealth+ is partially supported by McMaster's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences 2016 Innovation Award and is a service of the Health Information Research Unit, McMaster University, as a product of the McMaster Premium Literature Service, McMasterPLUSTM.

MentalHealth+ is continuously updated and provides access to current best evidence from health care research, to support evidence-based clinical decisions.

This service is unique: all citations (from over 120 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for evidence quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing clinicians (physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and clinical psychologists with a common interest in mental health).




What are the features of MentalHealth+?

The current features of MentalHealth+ include:

  • ratings of each eligible article for clinical relevance and newsworthiness by at least 3 practitioners for each discipline for which the article might be pertinent
  • e-mail alerts about new evidence. Each alert includes MORE clinical ratings and comments, and electronic links to the article's abstract via PubMed (if available) and fulltext article via PubMed or the publisher's site (if available for free)
  • a cumulative searchable database of the alerts that is continuously updated (from mid-2007 forward)
  • a search interface to access relevant information in the accumulating database
  • evidence-based search strategies for MEDLINE to supplement searches in the cumulated PLUS database when needed
  • download options for citation management
  • links to evidence-based resources



What do the clinical ratings in MentalHealth+ mean?

The current features of PLUS include:

  • systematic review of over 120 journals (including all Cochrane reviews relevant to mental health) with selection of articles by expert research staff concerning the cause, course, diagnosis, prediction, prevention, and treatment of mental health problems, quality improvement and health economics, according to explicit criteria, with high reproducibility and periodic quality assurance checks*
  • ratings of each eligible article for clinical relevance and newsworthiness by at least 3 practitioners for each discipline for which the article might be pertinent

* Wilczynski NL, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Enhancing retrieval of best evidence for health care from bibliographic databases: calibration of the hand search of the literature. Medinfo. 2001;10(Pt 1):390-3.