Engagement is a key concept commonly used within mental health services. It's also an important research topic. Building collaborative and trusting relationships is key to making services more acceptable, but is challenging to put into practice.

Engagement is fundamental to achieving the aims of mental health services. For tips on useful engagement strategies, I recommend reading my book chapter "Strategies for engagement",  published in 2010, written in collaboration with two community psychiatric nurses, Alexa Sidwell and Diane Ryles.

 

 

 

Research Publications (click on download pdf for each article that's not behind a paywall) 

1.    Farina Kokab, Sheila Greenfield, Antje Lindenmeyer, Manbinder Sidhu, Lynda Tait, Paramjit Gill. The experience and influence of social support and social dynamics on cardiovascular disease prevention in migrant Pakistani communities: A qualitative synthesis. Patient Education and Counseling, 2017 (October 2017)  

2.    Michail M, Birchwood M, Tait L. Systematic review of cognitive-behavioural therapy for social anxiety disorder in psychosis. Brain Sciences, 2017, 7, 45; doi:10.3390/brainsci7050045

3.    Mark Monahan, Pelham Barton, Clare J Taylor, Andrea K Roalfe, F.D. Richard Hobbs on behalf of the REFER investigators, Martin Cowie, Russell Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton, Lynda Tait. MICE or NICE? An Economic evaluation of clinical decision rules in the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care. International Journal of Cardiology, 2017; doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2017.02.149

4.    Michail M, Tait L, Churchill D. General practitioners’ clinical expertise in managing suicidal young people: implications for continued education. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 2017; doi:10.1017/S1463423617000299

5.    Clare J Taylor, Mark Monahan, Andrea K Roalfe, Pelham Barton, Rachel Iles and FD Richard Hobbs on behalf of the other REFER investigators (Pelham Barton, Martin R Cowie, Russell C Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton and Lynda Tait). The REFER (REFer for EchocaRdiogram) study: a prospective validation and health economic analysis of a clinical decision rule, NT-pro-BNP or their combination in the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care. Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation 2017, 4(3); doi:10.3310/eme04030

6.    Michail M, Tait L. Exploring general practitioners’ views and experiences on suicide risk assessment and management of young people in primary care: a qualitative study in the UK. BMJ Open 2016, 6; doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009654 http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e009654.full

7.    Taylor CJ, Roalfe AK, Iles R and Hobbs FDR, on behalf of the REFER investigators Pelham Barton, Martin R Cowie, Russell C Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton and Lynda Tait. Primary Care REFerral for EchocaRdiogram (REFER) in heart failure: a diagnostic accuracy study. British Journal of General Practice 2016; https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp16X688393

8.    Saymah D, Tait L, Michail M. An overview of the mental health system in Gaza: an assessment using the World Health Organization’s Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS). International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2015, 9:4; doi:10.1186/1752-4458-9-4
http://www.ijmhs.com/content/9/1/4 

9.    Michail M, Birchwood M, Tait L. Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitive-behaviour therapy for social anxiety disorder in psychosis. Systematic Reviews 2014, 3:62 62; doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-62 http://www.systematicreviewsjournal.com/content/3/1/62

10.    Taylor CJ, Roalfe AK, Tait L, Davis RC, Iles R, Derrit M, Hobbs FDR. Observational longitudinal cohort study to determine progression to heart failure in a screened community population: the Echocardiographic Heart of England Screening Extension (ECHOES-X) study. BMJ Open 2014; 4(7):e005256; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005256

11.    Tait L, Michail M. Educational interventions for general practitioners to identify and manage depression as a suicide risk factor in young people: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol. Systematic Reviews 2014, 3:145 http://www.systematicreviewsjournal.com/content/3/1/145

12.    Tait L, Mant J, Roalfe AK, Deeks J, Cowie M, Barton PM, Iles R, Taylor, C, Derit M, Hobbs FDR. The REFER (REFer for EchocaRdiogram) protocol: a prospective validation of a clinical decision rule, NT-proBNP, or their combination, in the diagnosis of heart failure in primary care. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2012, 12:97; doi:10.1186/1471-2261-12-97

13.    Tait L, Beresford G. Generalised anxiety disorder: the importance of life context and social factors. British Journal of General Practice 2011, 61(587):378-379 [Commissioned Editorial]

14.    Tait L, Ryles D, Sidwell A. Strategies for engagement. In P French, J Smith, D Shiers, M Reed, M Rayne, (Eds). Promoting recovery in early psychosis: A practice manual. London, Blackwell, 2010

15.    Blank DL, Bodansky DMS, Forbes A, Garde E, Story F, Roalfe A, Tait L. Influenza vaccination of future health care workers: a cross sectional study of uptake, knowledge and attitudes. Vaccine 2010, 28(29):4668-72; doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.04.066 (download pdf)

16.    Tait L, Heron J. Management of postnatal depression in primary care: a window of opportunity. British Journal of General Practice 2010, 60(580):801-802 [Commissioned Editorial]

17.    Tait L. To disclose or not to disclose psychological problems to GPs. British Journal of General Practice 2009, 59(566):638-639 [Commissioned Editorial]

18.    Lester H, Birchwood M, Freemantle N, Michail M, Tait L. REDIRECT: cluster randomised controlled trial of general practitioner education in detection of first episode psychosis. British Journal of General Practice 2009, 59(563):403-408

19.    Mavaddat N, Lester H E, Tait L. Development of a patient experience questionnaire for primary care mental health. BMJ Quality and Safety in Health Care 2009, 18:147-152 (download pdf)

20.    Simon A E, Lester H, Tait L, Stip E, Roy P, Conrad G, Hunt J, Epstein I, Larsen T K, Amminger P, Holub D, Wenigova B, Turner M, Berger G E, O’Donnell C, Umbricht D. The international study on general practitioners and early psychosis (IGPS). Schizophrenia Research 2009, 108(1):182-190; doi:10/1016/j.schres.2008.11.004

21.    Lester H, Birchwood M, Tait L, Shah S, England L, Smith J. Barriers and facilitators to partnership working between Early Intervention Services and the voluntary and community sector. Health & Social Care in the Community 2008, 16(5):493-500. This article was based on a section of the NHS Final Report written by Lynda Tait (download pdf)

22.    Helen Lester, Max Birchwood, Lynda Tait, Sonal Shah. Evaluating the development and impact of early intervention services in the West Midlands: Research Summary for NIHR, April 2008. (download pdf) 

23.    Tait L, Shah S. Partnership working: a policy with promise for mental healthcare. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 2007, 13:261-271 (download pdf)

24.    Lynda Tait, Helen Lester. The role of continuity of care in primary care: A narrative literature review. Quality and Outcomes Framework (QoF) Report 2007; 18-64. (download pdf) 

25.    Lester H E, Tait L, England E, Tritter J. Patient involvement in primary care mental health: a focus group study. British Journal of General Practice 2006, 56:415-422

26.    Lester HE, Tait L, Shah S, Birchwood M J, Rogers HJ. Early intervention services: The role of psychiatrists and partnership working with the voluntary and community sector. July 2006. Final report for the National Co-ordinating Centre for NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R & D (NCSDO). [Final Report written by Lynda Tait] www.netscc.ac.uk/netscc/hsdr/files/project/SDO_A1_08-1304-042_V01.pdf (download pdf) 

27.    Lester H, Tait L, Khera A, Patterson P, Birchwood. The development and evaluation of an educational intervention on first episode psychosis for primary care. Medical Education 2005, 39:1006-14 (download pdf)

 28.    Tait L, Lester H. Encouraging user involvement in mental health services. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 2005, 11:168-175 (download pdf)

29.    Tait L, Lester H, Birchwood M, Freemantle N, Wilson S. Design of the Birmingham early detection in untreated psychosis trial (REDIRECT): cluster randomised controlled trial of general practitioner education in detection of first episode psychosis [ISCTN87898421]. BMC Health Services Research 2005, 5:19 (download pdf)(Accessed 6,847 times to 11/4/17)

30.    Tait L, Birchwood M, Trower P. Adapting to the challenge of psychosis: personal resilience and the use of sealing over (avoidant) coping strategies. British Journal of Psychiatry 2004, 185:410-415 (download pdf) 

31.    Tait L, Birchwood M, Trower P. Predicting engagement with services for psychosis: insight, symptoms, and recovery style. British Journal of Psychiatry 2003, 182:123-128 (download pdf) 

32.    Tait L, Birchwood M, Trower P. A new scale (SES) to measure engagement with community mental health services. Journal of Mental Health 2002, 11(2):191-198.e (download pdf)