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Frequency of personal recovery outcome measurements in clinical trials for bipolar disorder patients

Gebauer, Maren (2018) Frequency of personal recovery outcome measurements in clinical trials for bipolar disorder patients.

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Abstract:Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder that has a lifetime prevalence of 1,3% in the Dutch population. BD is characterized by depressive episodes and manic episodes. Patients struggling with BD have several negative impacts on their social, work and family life. As it is a severe chronic mental illness, promoting personal recovery in the treatment of it becomes crucial. However, clinical recovery, which is focused on only reducing symptoms, is still the prominent aspect of the clinical practice and research. In order to fill this knowledge gap, this review is concerned with how many clinical trials make use of personal recovery outcomes and what the characteristics of these trials are. This was done by searching the databases Scopus and PsycINFO for those trials and then screening them in EndNote for relevance. It was found that out of 930, only six used personal recovery measures. Treatments of the studies that addressed personal recovery were either psychoeducational programs or selfmanagement/self-monitoring interventions. All of the studies included measures of either well-being and/or quality of life and the overall functioning in the everyday life of patients. Results show that there is a lack of the use of personal recovery outcomes in clinical trials. The clinical trials that did include it did not make use of questionnaires that are in line with the CHIME framework of personal recovery. However, three of the six clinical trials used aspects of personal recovery as primary outcome measures. Although research on personal recovery in BD patients is getting attention in literature, it is not yet implemented in clinical trials. Future research should be more focused on personal recovery outcomes in clinical trials for patients with BD. Only then can patients be helped to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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