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Family focused therapy is more effective than crisis management for preventing relapse after a bipolar episode

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Q For outpatients with a recent bipolar episode, does family focused therapy reduce relapse and improve adherence to drug treatment compared with a less intensive crisis management intervention?

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Randomised controlled trial.

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Concealed.

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Participants and practitioners not blinded. Blinded observers assessed results for treatment adherence.

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Up to 24 months.

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Outpatient clinic, Colorado, USA.

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101 people (18–62 years; mean age 36 years; 64 women) with bipolar disorder episode (DSM IIIR and DSM IV, diagnosed by Structured Clinical Interview) within past 3 months; with family support. Exclusions: neurological or developmental …

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