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depression, bipolar disorder, health care transformation

Christoph Born, Benedikt L Amann, Heinz Grunze, Robert M Post, Lars Schärer
BACKGROUND: Careful observation of the longitudinal course of bipolar disorders is pivotal to finding optimal treatments and improving outcome. A useful tool is the daily prospective Life-Chart Method, developed by the National Institute of Mental Health. However, it remains unclear whether the patient version is as valid as the clinician version. METHODS: We compared the patient-rated version of the Lifechart (LC-self) with the Young-Mania-Rating Scale (YMRS), Inventory of Depressive Symptoms-Clinician version (IDS-C), and Clinical Global Impression-Bipolar version (CGI-BP) in 108 bipolar I and II patients who participated in the Naturalistic Follow-up Study (NFS) of the German centres of the Bipolar Collaborative Network (BCN; formerly Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network)...
2014: BMC Psychiatry
Peter B Rosenquist, Gretchen B Brenes, Elizabeth M Arnold, James Kimball, W Vaughn McCall
In the past several decades, health-related quality of life (HRQL) measures have become increasingly important as a type of patient-reported outcome documenting the subjective psychosocial burden associated with chronic illness. This article provides an introduction to HRQL, summarizes the measurement of HRQL in major depression and bipolar disorder, and reviews electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) studies that have measured HRQL. Health-related quality-of-life definitions and instruments vary widely but have nonetheless proven useful for evaluating the effects of disease and its treatment...
March 2006: Journal of ECT
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