Group-based psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder : randomised controlled trial

Castle, David, White, Carolynne, Chamberlain, James, Berk, Michael, Berk, Lesley, Lauder, Sue, Murray, Greg, Schweitzer, Isaac, Piterman, Leon and Gilbert, Monica 2010, Group-based psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder : randomised controlled trial, British journal of psychiatry, vol. 196, pp. 383-388.

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Title Group-based psychosocial intervention for bipolar disorder : randomised controlled trial
Author(s) Castle, David
White, Carolynne
Chamberlain, James
Berk, Michael
Berk, Lesley
Lauder, Sue
Murray, Greg
Schweitzer, Isaac
Piterman, Leon
Gilbert, Monica
Journal name British journal of psychiatry
Volume number 196
Start page 383
End page 388
Total pages 6
Publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0007-1250
Summary Background: Psychosocial interventions have the potential to enhance relapse prevention in bipolar disorder.Aims: To evaluate a manualised group-based intervention for people with bipolar disorder in a naturalistic setting.Method: Eighty-four participants were randomised to receive the group-based intervention (a 12-week programme plus three booster sessions) or treatment as usual, and followed up with monthly telephone interviews (for 9 months post-intervention) and face-to-face interviews (at baseline, 3 months and 12 months).Results: Participants who received the group-based intervention were significantly less likely to have a relapse of any type and spent less time unwell. There was a reduced rate of relapse in the treatment group for pooled relapses of any type (hazard ratio 0.43, 95% CI 0.20–0.95; t343 = –2.09, P = 0.04).Conclusions: This study suggests that the group-based intervention reduces relapse risk in bipolar disorder.
Language eng
Field of Research 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy)
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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