Is structured group psychoeducation for bipolar patients effective in ordinary mental health services? A controlled trial in Italy

Valentina Candini, Chiara Buizza, Clarissa Ferrari, Maria Teresa Caldera, Roberta Ermentini, Alberto Ghilardi, Gianluigi Nobili, Rosaria Pioli, Margherita Sabaudo, Emilio Sacchetti, Francesco Maria Saviotti, Giuseppe Seggioli, Amneris Zanini, Giovanni De Girolamo

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Abstract

Background: Recent reviews of evidence-based guidelines for the clinical management of Bipolar Disorders (BD) have recommended that "all patients with BD be offered group or individual psychoeducation" to prevent relapse, improve treatment adherence, quality of life, and functioning. The present study evaluated the effectiveness of psychoeducation in routine mental health services in reducing number of hospitalisations and number of days spent in hospital, at a 1-year follow-up. Methods: A total of 102 outpatients were recruited from two Italian Departments of Mental Health. Inclusion criteria were a lifetime BD type I or II diagnosis, assessed with SCID, and 3 months of euthymia. Exclusion criteria were DSM-IV Axis I comorbidity, mental retardation (IQ

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Volume151
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Hospitalization
  • Integrated treatment
  • Psychoeducation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Relapse prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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