A Brief Psychoeducation Intervention for Patients with Bipolar Disorder: effect on attitudes and beliefs and their relationship to clinical outcomes.

  • Kirsten Bond

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    Manchester University, Kirsten Bond, Doctorate of Philosophy. September 2013.A Brief Group Psychoeducation (PE) Intervention for Patients with Bipolar Disorder.Bipolar disorder (BPD) is associated with negative health outcomes and high relapse rates and group psychoeducation (PE) is recognised as an effective intervention when used in conjunction with pharmacological treatment. Unhealthy beliefs and attitudes have not been measured or related to outcomes in group PE and the mechanism for how PE exerts its effect are unidentified. Aims:a. An adapted group psychoeducation intervention will change (improve) unhealthy personal beliefs about illness and attitudes towards medication when compared to a treatment as usual group.b. Changes in unhealthy personal beliefs and attitudes will be maintained overtime (a 12 month follow up period). c. People who subsequently relapse compared to those who do not relapse, will have less improvement in their unhealthy personal beliefs about illness and attitudes towards medication from PE.d. An evaluation of the efficacy of psychoeducation in a systematic review for bipolar disorder in preventing relapse and other outcomes will identify factors that relate to clinical outcomes. Methods:A 10 session PE intervention was adapted and 38 participants with bipolar disorder I or II (using DSM-IV criteria) were recruited from a Specialist Affective Disorders Service. A waiting list assessment time was used as a parallel group control and a longitudinal study took place over a 12 month follow up period in all participants once they had received the intervention. A mirror image study reviewed case notes to identify relapse 12 month pre versus post intervention. Assessments measuring, beliefs and attitudes, mood symptoms and satisfaction where carried out, 8 weeks prior to intervention (waiting list), pre intervention, and 6 and 12 months post intervention. Results Summary: The waiting list control comparison showed significant improvement in attitudes measured by the Personal Beliefs about Illness Questionnaire (PBIQ) and Drug attitude Inventory (DAI) and symptoms and functioning. Beliefs on all domains of the PBIQ improved significantly (p
    Date of Award31 Dec 2014
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Manchester


    • psychological interventions
    • bipolar disorder
    • relapse prevention
    • psychoeducation
    • group therapy

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