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A web-based self-management intervention for Bipolar Disorder 'living with bipolar': a feasibility randomised controlled trial

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Affective Disorders
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)21-29
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


BACKGROUND: Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a severe mental health problem. Psychological interventions are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) but patients experience severe inequalities in access. This study assessed the feasibility and potential effectiveness of a recovery informed web-based self-management intervention for people with BD.

METHODS: An online randomised controlled trial (n=122) compared treatment as usual (TAU) plus the 'Living with Bipolar' (LWB) intervention with a waiting list control (WLC) group.

RESULTS: The study recruited to target and the retention rates were high. Participants engaged with the approach. Compared with the WLC, those receiving LWB showed the most robust improvement in psychological and physical domains of quality of life, wellbeing and recovery at the end of the intervention.

LIMITATIONS: The trial was not definitive and requires further investigation.

CONCLUSIONS: There is preliminary evidence that a web-based treatment approach in BD is feasible and potentially effective. Such interventions could form part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) initiative in severe mental health.