A nationwide study on concordance with multimodal treatment guidelines in bipolar disorder

Joannes W. Renes*, Eline J. Regeer, Adriaan W. Hoogendoorn, Willem A. Nolen, Ralph W. Kupka

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Abstract

BackgroundMost previous studies on concordance with treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder focused on pharmacotherapy. Few studies have included other treatment modalities.AimsTo study concordance with the Dutch guideline of various treatment modalities in outpatient treatment settings for patients with bipolar disorder and to identity factors associated with concordance.MethodsA nationwide non-interventional study using psychiatrists' and patients' surveys.Results839 patients with bipolar or schizoaffective disorder bipolar type were included. Concordance with the guideline was highest for participation of a psychiatrist in the treatment (98%) and for maintenance pharmacotherapy (96%), but lower for supportive treatment (73.5%), use of an emergency plan (70.6%), psychotherapy (52.2%), group psychoeducation (47.2%), and mood monitoring (47%). Presence of a written treatment plan, a more specialized treatment setting, more years of education, and diagnosis of bipolar I disorder versus bipolar II, bipolar NOS, or schizoaffective disorder were significantly associated with better concordance.ConclusionIn contrast to pharmacotherapy, psychosocial treatments are only implemented to a limited extend in everyday clinical practice in bipolar disorder. More effort is needed to implement non-pharmacological guideline recommendations for bipolar disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Article number22
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20-Oct-2018

Keywords

  • Bipolar
  • Guidelines
  • Concordance
  • QUALITY-OF-CARE
  • I DISORDER
  • ADHERENCE
  • POPULATION
  • PHARMACOTHERAPY
  • DEPRESSION
  • MANAGEMENT
  • PATTERNS

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