Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) for people with bipolar disorder : summary of outcomes from the IAPT demonstration site

Jones, Steven Huntley and Akers, Nadia and Eaton, Jayne and Tyler, Elizabeth and Gatherer, Amanda and Brabban, Alison and Long, Rita Marie and Lobban, Anne Fiona (2018) Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) for people with bipolar disorder : summary of outcomes from the IAPT demonstration site. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 111. pp. 27-35. ISSN 0005-7967

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Access to structured psychological therapy recommended for bipolar disorder (BD) is poor. The UK NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative commissioned a demonstration site for BD to explore the outcomes of routine delivery of psychological therapy in clinical practice, which this report summarises. All clinically diagnosed patients with BD who wanted a psychological intervention and were not in acute mood episode were eligible. Patients were offered a 10-session group intervention (Mood on Track) which delivered NICE congruent care. Outcomes were evaluated using an open (uncontrolled), pre-post design. Access to psychological therapy increased compared to preceding 6 years by 54%. 202 people began treatment; 81% completed >5 sessions; median 9 sessions (range 6–11). Pre-post outcomes included personal recovery (primary outcome), quality of life, work and social functioning, mood and anxiety symptoms (secondary outcomes). Personal recovery significantly improved from pre to post-therapy; medium effect-size (d = 0.52). Secondary outcomes all improved (except mania symptoms) with smaller effect sizes (d = . 20–0.39). Patient satisfaction was high. Use of crisis services, and acute admissions were reduced compared to pre-treatment. It is possible to deliver group psychological therapy for bipolar disorder in a routine NHS setting. Improvements were observed in personal recovery, symptoms and wider functioning with high patient satisfaction and reduced service use.

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Behaviour Research and Therapy
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Behaviour Research and Therapy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, 111, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2018.09.006
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