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Psychological interventions
Structured group psychoeducation in patients with bipolar disorder delays time to mania and time to any episode compared with a peer support group
  1. Stuart Watson1,2,
  2. Alyson Dodd3
  1. 1 Newcastle University Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3 Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stuart Watson, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, CAV, Newcastle NE4 5PL, UK; stuart.watson{at}ncl.ac.uk

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ABSTRACT FROM: Morriss R, Lobban F, Riste L, et al. Clinical effectiveness and acceptability of structured group psychoeducation versus optimised unstructured peer support for patients with remitted bipolar disorder (PARADES): a pragmatic, multicentre, observer-blind, randomised controlled superiority trial. Lancet Psychiatry 2016;3:1029–38.

What is already known on this topic

Based in part on the resource heavy group psychoeducation delivered in Barcelona, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) argue that psychological interventions specifically developed for adults with bipolar disorder improve outcome, and therefore have made a developmental quality standard that patients with bipolar disorder should be offered psychological interventions.1 However, trials of more accessible interventions, for example, with fewer sessions or delivered by psychiatric nurses, have not shown such clear benefit.2 This research aims to determine whether pragmatic group psychoeducation reduces relapse risk in NHS (National Health Service) patients.

Methods of the study

Participants (n=304) were recruited from secondary and primary care and by …

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