Feasibility and acceptability of integrated psychological therapy versus treatment as usual for people with bipolar disorder and co-morbid alcohol use:A single blind randomised controlled trial

Jones, Steven H and Riste, Lisa and Robinson, Heather and Holland, Fiona and Peters, Sarah and Hartwell, Rosalyn and Berry, Katherine and Fitzsimmons, Mike and Wilson, Ian and Hilton, Claire and Long, Rita and Bateman, Lucy and Weymouth, Emma and Owen, Rebecca and Roberts, Chris and Barrowclough, Christine (2019) Feasibility and acceptability of integrated psychological therapy versus treatment as usual for people with bipolar disorder and co-morbid alcohol use:A single blind randomised controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 256. pp. 86-95. ISSN 0165-0327

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Abstract

Background Alcohol use is a common problem in bipolar disorder (BD) and evidence indicates more promising outcomes for alcohol use than other substances. No trials have evaluated individual integrated motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy (MI-CBT) for problematic alcohol use in BD. We therefore assessed the feasibility and acceptability of a novel MI-CBT intervention for alcohol use in BD. Methods A single blind RCT was conducted to compare MI-CBT plus treatment as usual (TAU) with TAU only. MI-CBT was delivered over 20 sessions with participants followed up at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-randomisation. Primary outcomes were the feasibility and acceptability of MI-CBT (recruitment to target, retention to follow-up and therapy, acceptability of therapy and absence of adverse events). We also conducted preliminary analyses of alcohol and mood outcomes (frequency and severity of alcohol use and time to mood relapse). Results 44 participants were recruited with 75% retention to 6 and 12 months follow-up. Therapy participants attended a mean of 17.6 (SD 4.5) sessions. Therapy alliance and treatment fidelity were acceptable. Qualitative interviews indicated the intervention was experienced as collaborative, and helpful, in addressing mood and alcohol issues, although risk of overconfidence following therapy was also identified. Clinical outcomes did not differ between arms at 12 months follow-up. Limitations As a feasibility and acceptability trial any secondary results should be treated with caution. Conclusions Integrated MI-CBT is feasible and acceptable, but lack of clinical impact, albeit in a feasibility study, suggests need for further development. Potential adaptations are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Affective Disorders
Additional Information: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Affective Disorders. 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 Journal of Affective Disorders, 256, 2020 DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.05.038
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 134762
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2019 12:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 05:17
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/134762

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