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Title: Evaluation of Treatment Outcomes from an Australian Juvenile Bipolar Disorder Clinic
Contributor(s): Hirneth, SJ (author); Hazell, PL (author); Hanstock, Tanya (author); Clayton, EH (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-5618.2009.00751.x
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Abstract: Objectives: To report on preliminary outcomes from a treatment evaluation study for juvenile bipolar disorder (JBD) conducted by The Bipolar Program (TBP), a community mental health clinic in Newcastle, Australia specialising in assessing and treating JBD. The study will describe demographic, clinical, comorbid, and functional characteristics of clients with JBD and examine the influence of psychological and pharmacological treatments on outcome measures. Methods: Systematic assessment data were obtained at initial assessment and at follow-up review for clients diagnosed with JBD since TBP commenced in May 2005. Data collected include client demographics, semi-structured diagnostic interview (WASHU-KSADS), standardised symptom rating scales, psychosocial functioning measures, medications, psychological treatment received, and adherence to treatment. Results: Data collection for the follow-up phase is ongoing, and preliminary data will be presented for clients who have received baseline and follow-up assessments to date. Analyses will examine changes in standardised outcome measures over time and in the relationship between treatments provided and clients' outcomes. Conclusions: The data will permit provisional conclusions about factors influencing course of illness in a sample of clients with JBD. A better understanding of these factors may assist in refining assessment procedures and developing more effective treatment protocols for JBD for other mental health services. The current study is supported by a research grant from the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund – Mental Health Evaluation Grants Scheme.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Bipolar Disorders, 11(7), p. 780-780
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1398-5647
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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